Great Waltham, Essex

Historical Description

Waltham, Great or Much, a village and a parish in Essex, on the river Chelmer, 5 miles N from Chelmsford town and station on the G.E.R., with a post, money order, and telegraph office under Chelmsford. Acreage, 7420 of land and 31 of water; population of the civil parish, 2222; of the ecclesiastical, 1479. For parish council purposes it is divided into two wards, Great Waltham and Ford End, the former returning seven and the latter four members to the council. The manor belongs to the Tufnell family, and much of the land to the Governors of Guy's Hospital. Langleys is a fine country mansion, very pleasantly situated in a deer park of about 84 acres. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £238, in the gift of Trinity College, Oxford. The church, an ancient and spacious edifice of flint and stone in the Late Perpendicular style, with a Norman tower, contains some ancient and interesting tombs and monuments. See FORD END.

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 Waltham St. Mary and St. Lawrence
Hundred Chelmsford
Poor Law union Chelmsford

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