Felstead, Essex

Historical Description

Felstead or Felstead Holy Cross, a village and a parish in Essex. The village stands near the river Chelmer, and has a station on the G.E.R., 3 ½ miles ESE of Dnnmow, and ] a. post, money order, and telegraph office under Chelmsford. The parish comprises 6408 acres of land and 18 of water; population, 1859. Bannister Green is a hamlet adjacent. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St Albans ; gross value, £620 with residence. Patron, Earl Cowley. The church is partly Saxon, has a tower, and contains numerous ancient and interesting monuments. There is an endowed grammar school for hoys, founded in 1564 by Richard, Lord Rich. It is administered in accordance with a scheme sanctioned by the Education Department of the Charity Commission. The school is a Gothic building erected in 1864.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient County Essex
Ecclesiastical parish Felsted Holy Cross
Hundred Hinckford
Poor Law union Dunmow

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