South Ockendon, Essex

Historical Description

Ockendon, South, a village and a parish in Essex. The village stands 4 ½ miles NNW of Grays station on the London, Tilbury, and Southend railway, and 6 ½ SW of Romford, and has a post, money order, and telegraph office under Romford. The parish is sometimes called Ockendon Rokely or Wokendon. Acreage, 2935; population of the civil parish, 1071; of the ecclesiastical, 1076. The manor and most of the land belong to the Benyon family. There are several ancient mounds. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; gross value, £637 with residence. The church is an ancient building of flint, rubble, and stone, in the Early Pointed style of the 12th and 13th centuries; was variously restored, enlarged, and rebuilt in 1866; has a richly carved Norman doorway and a round tower-the latter raised to an additional height of 18 feet in 1866; includes a chapel restored in 1863, and a new chancel built in 1866, and contains an elegant octangular Perpendicular font, a canopied brass of Sir J. Bruyn of 1480, and two other brasses. There are Congregational and Wesleyan chapels, and a village reading-room.

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 South Ockendon St. Nicholas
Hundred Chafford
Poor Law union Orsett

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