Great Sampford, Essex

Historical Description

Sampford, Great or Old, a village and a parish in Essex. The village stands on the river Pant, 3 ¾ miles NE by N of Thaxted, and 7 from Newport station on the G.E.R. It has a post office under Braintree; money order office, Finchingfield; telegraph office, Radwinter. There is a fair on Whit-Monday. The parish comprises 1737 acres; population of the civil parish, 492; of the ecclesiastical, 1163. The manor appears on record as a domain of Edward the Confessor, and now belongs to the Thurgood family. The manufacture of straw-plait is carried on. The living is a vicarage, united with Hempstead, in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £157. The church is an ancient building of flint in the Early Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, S porch, and an embattled western tower, and containing some ancient tombs and memorials. There is a Baptist chapel. Tindon End is a hamlet about a mile and a half SW of the village.

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 Sampford St. Michael
Hundred Freshwell
Poor Law union Saffron-Walden

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