Horndon, East, or East Thoradon, Essex

Historical Description

Horndon, East, or East Thoradon, an agricultural parish, with the hamlet of Heron Gate, in Essex, 3 miles SSE of Brentwood station on the G.E.R., and 4 SWfrom Billericay, with a station 2 ½ miles distant on the London, Tilbury, and Sonthend railway. It has a post and money order office under Brentwood 5 telegraph office, Brentwood. Acreage, 1529; population, 466. Remains exist of Heron Hall, an ancient seat of the Tyrrells. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £215 with residence. The church is a brick building, ancient but good, and has a Norman font and an altar-tomb said to be a memorial of the burial here of the heart or head of Queen Anne Boleyn. The ehan-eel contains, in the space between the organ and the altar, a famous alabaster incised slab to Lady Alice Tyrell, who died in 1422.

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

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