Great Leighs, Essex

Historical Description

Leighs, Great or Much, a village and a parish in Essex. The village stands on the river Ter, 4 ½ miles SW from White Notley station on the G.E.R., and 7 NE from Chehns-ford. It has a post and telegraph office under Chelmsford; money order office, Little Waltham. Acreage of parish, 3146; population, 720. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; gross value, £690 with residence, in the gift of Lincoln College, Oxford. The church is a very ancient building, partly Norman, consisting of chancel, nave, S porch, and a round tower of stone and flint with octagonal shingled spire. It has a mutilated brass of a priest of 1414. There are also a non-sectarian chapel, two alms-houses. Chatley is a hamlet situated about 2 miles NW of the village.

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


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Ancient County Essex
Ecclesiastical parish Leighs St. Mary
Hundred Chelmsford
Poor Law union Chelmsford

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