Great Burstead, Essex

Historical Description

Burstead, Great, a parish in Essex, surrounding the town of Billericay, and including it for civil purposes; but the town is a separate ecclesiastical parish. The parish is 1 ½ mile S of Billericay station on the G.E.R., and 7 miles W from Brentwood, under which it has a post office; money order and telegraph office, Billericay. Acreage, 3709; population of the civil parish, 1962; of the ecclesiastical, 538. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St Albans; gross yearly value, £159 with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of St Albans. The vicarage of Billericay is a separate benefice. The church is an old building of rubble in the Decorated and Perpendicular styles, and there is a Particular Baptist chapel.

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 Burstead St. Mary Magdalene
Hundred Barstable
Poor Law union Billericay

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