Rainham, Essex

Historical Description

Rainham, a village and a parish in Essex. The village stands on Ingrebourae Brook, 1 ½ mile from its influx to the Thames, and on the London, Tilbury, and Southend railway, 5 miles ESE of Barking. It forms a considerable street, and has a station on the railway, a post, money order, and telegraph office under Romford, a bridge over the Ingre-bourne, which is navigable for barges to the wharf in the village, and a quay at the brook's mouth. The parish comprises 3253 acres; population, 1669. There is a parish council consisting of nine members. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St Albans; gross value, £335 with residence. The church is an ancient building of flint and stone dating from the 12th century, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, S porch, and a massive embattled western tower. It has a brass of 1500. There is also an undenominational chapel.

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 Raynham St. Helen and St. Giles
Hundred Chafford
Poor Law union Romford

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