Epping, Essex

Historical Description

Epping, a parish, a market and a union town in Essex. The town is 16 ½ miles from Whitechapel, and 15 from Shore-ditch Church, London, and it has a station on the Ongar branch of the G.E.R. It stands on hilly ground near the source of the river Roding, and consists chiefly of one wide irregular street stretching for more than a mile along the Newmarket Road. In the old coaching days it enjoyed a fair amount of prosperity, and after declining considerably through the introduction of railways, it is now reviving again, new road& being laid out and new residences built. It has a good supply of water, drawn from an artesian well situated in Sawbridge-worth, Herts. It has a weekly market on Fridays, and three annual fairs, which are held on Whit Tuesday, Oct. 12, and Nov. 13 and 14, chiefly for cattle and horses. The town, from its pleasant situation, attracts a great many visitors during the summer months, and there are an iron foundry and agricultural implement works, which give employment to numerous hands. The parish, which includes the hamlets of Epping Upland and Ryehill, has an area of 5281 acres; population, 2565. It has a head post office. The living is. a vicarage in the diocese of St Albans, united in 1889 to that of All Saints, Epping Upland ; net value, £537 with residence. The church, erected in 1890 on the site of the old church, is a building of stone in the Gothic style of the 14th century. The church of All Saints at Epping Upland, which until 1889 served as the parish church, is an ancient, unpretentious building of brick and concrete in the Norman style. The living was united in 1889 with that of St John the Baptist. There are Congregational and Wesleyan chapels, and a Friends' meeting-house. Copt Hall, 2 miles to the SW, is a fine mansion of white brick standing in a large park.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England and Wales, 1894-5


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Ancient County Essex
Ecclesiastical parish Epping All Saints
Hundred Waltham
Poor Law union Epping

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