Ridgewell, Essex

Historical Description

Ridgewell, a village and a parish in Essex. The village stands on the old Roman military road known as the Via Devana, 2 ¼ miles SE from Birdbrook, 3 NW from Yeldham station on the Colne Valley, 2 from Stoke station on the G.E.R. (Stowe Valley branch), and 5 ½ SE of Haverhill. It occupies the site of a Roman settlement, has yielded many British and Roman antiquities, including parts of a Roman villa, was once a market-town, and has a post office under Halstead ; money order and telegraph office, Great Yeldham. The parish comprises 1410 acres; population of the civil parish, 550 ; of the ecclesiastical, 561. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. Ridgewell Hall is now a farmhouse. The manor belongs to St John's College, Cambridge. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £161 with residence. Patron, St Catharine's College, Cambridge. The church of St Lawrence is a plastered building in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel with N aisle, nave, N aisle, S porch, and an embattled western tower containing five bells. There is a Congregational 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 Ridgwell St. Lawrence
Hundred Hinckford
Poor Law union Halsted

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