Orsett, Essex

Historical Description

Orsett, a village and a parish in Essex. The village stands 4 miles NE from Grays station on the London, Tilbury, and Southend railway, and 9 ½ S by E of Brentwood. It is a seat of petty sessions, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Grays. The parish comprises 4246 acres; population, 1379. Most of the property, with Orsett Hall, belongs to the Whitmore family, who are lords of the manor. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £423 with residence, in the gift of the Bishop of St Albans. The church is a building of flint and stone consisting of chancel, nave, N aisle with transept and chancel, S porch, and a western tower surmounted by a short spire. It has a fine Norman doorway, and an elegant oak screen of the 14th century divides the N chapel from the aisle. There are a large marble tomb and some ancient brasses and memorials. There are Congregational and Primitive Methodist chapels, and a literary institute. The workhouse of the Orsett Union is in this parish, and is a large building which was erected in 1837, and has capacity for 200 inmates. The charities belonging to the parish are worth about £150 a year.

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 Orsett St. Giles and All Saints
Hundred Barstable
Poor Law union Orsett

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