Mucking, Essex

Historical Description

Mucking (anciently written Mokking), a parish in Essex, adjacent to the Thames,and on the London, Tilbury, and Southend railway, three-quarters of a mile S by W of Stanford-le-Hope station, 2 ¾ miles ESE of Orsett, and 5 ½ E of Grays. It contains the hamlet of Mucking Ford, and its post town and money order and telegraph office is Stanford-le-Hope. Acreage, 2118; population, 251. The manor formerly belonged to the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's, but is now the property of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners. A nunnery, a cell to Barking Abbey, was formerly here. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £277 with residence. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's. The church was largely and carefully rebuilt and restored in 1852, the work being completed in 1887, and is a fine building in the Early English style, the ancient part dating from 1170., The parish is mentioned in the Domesday book as Mucinga, and also in a still earlier chronicle. The name "Mucking" signifies " much grass."

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 Mucking St. John the Baptist
Hundred Barstable
Poor Law union Orsett

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