Panfield or Pantfield, Essex

Historical Description

Panfield or Pantfield, a parish, with a pleasant village, in Essex, near the river Pant, 3 miles NW by N of Braintree station on the G.E.R. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Braintree. Acreage, 1498; population, 273. Panfield Hall was built in 1546, is a fine structure with square tower and clustered chimneys, and is now occupied as a farmhouse. A Benedictine priory was built about half a mile N of the church in 1250; was a cell to Caen Abbey in Normandy; came to the Crown in 1460; was given at the dissolution to Sir Giles Capel; and has left no remains. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; gross value, £380 with residence. The church, a small building of flint and stone in the Perpendicular style, is a handsome edifice, and was beautifully restored in 1858.

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 Panfield St. Mary and St. Christopher
Hundred Hinckford
Poor Law union Braintree

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