Pitsea, Essex

Historical Description

Pitsea, a village and a parish in Essex. The village stands near a creek of the Thanie, and near the London, Tilbury, and Southend railway, 5 miles WSW of Rayleigh, and has a station on the railway. The parish is mainly peninsulated by creeks, and includes part of Canvey Island. It has a post office under Bowers Gifford (S.O,); money order office, Bowers Gifford; telegraph office, at the railway station. Acreage, 1693; population, 235. The parish council consists of five members. The manor was held at the Norman Conquest by Ulneva, the wife of Phin. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £300. The church stands on a knoll, commanding a fine view of the surrounding country and the Thames, and is a building of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chance!, nave, S porch, and an embattled western tower.

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 Pitsea St. Michael
Hundred Barstable
Poor Law union Billericay

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