Purley, Essex

Historical Description

Purleigh or Purley, a village and a parish in Essex. The village stands on an eminence amidst very pleasant surroundings, 2 miles NW from Cold Norton station on the Maldon branch of the G.E.R., and 4 S from Maldon. It has a fair on 15 June, and a post office under Maldon; money order and telegraph office, Maldon. The parish comprises 5794 acres; population of the civil parish, 858; of the ecclesiastical, 851. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. Howe Green, half a mile S, was a peculiar of the Archbishop of Canterbury. A police station is near Latchingdon. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans, and until 1882 was annexed to the provostship of Oriel College, Oxford; net value, £400 with residence. Patron, Oriel College, Oxford. The church, which stands on an eminence with a fine view, is a building of stone in the Decorated style, and consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with embattled tower. A Congregational chapel is at Howe Green, and there is an endowed school with £30 a year. Cocklarks is a hamlet 1 ½ mile W.

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


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Ancient County Essex
Ecclesiastical parish Purleigh All Saints
Hundred Dengie
Poor Law union Maldon

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