Fordham, Essex

Historical Description

Fordham, a village and a parish in Essex. The village stands near the left bank of the river Colne, 3 miles E by S of Chappel station on the Colne Valley railway, and 5 NW by W of Colchester. It has a post office under Colchester; money order office, Ford Street; telegraph office, West Berg-holt. The parish comprises 2522 acres; population, 700. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; net yearly value, £413 with residence. Patrons, Onley Savill-Onley, Esq., and Earl Cowper, K.G., alternately. The church is Later English, has a tower, and was restored in 1861? The celebrated Independent Dr John Owen, chaplain to Cromwell, was rector for some time during the Commonwealth. There is a chapel of Lady Huntingdon's Connexion.

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 Fordham All Saints
Hundred Lexden
Poor Law union Lexden and Winstree

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