Greenstead (Brentwood), Essex

Historical Description

Greenstead, a parish in Essex, near the river Roding, 1 mile W by N from Ongar station, and 8 NNW from Brentwood. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Ongar. Acreage, 683; population, 98. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £182. Patron, the Bishop of London in trust. The church is one of the most ancient in England; was thoroughly restored in 1848; has a nave formed of half trunks of oak, set upright, and close to one another, and supposed to have been erected as a temporary shrine for the body of St Edmund; contains monuments to the Smyths, the Cleeves, and the Ords; and at its restoration in 1848 was found to have a well-preserved ancient piscina.

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 Greenstead St. Andrew
Hundred Ongar
Poor Law union Ongar

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Greenstead (Brentwood) from the following:

Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Essex online: