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Downham, Essex

Historical Description

Downham, a parish in Essex, near the river Crouch, S miles from Wickford station on the G.E.R., and 4 E from Billericay. Post town, Brentwood; money order office, Ramsden Heath; telegraph office, Billericay. Acreage, 2205; population, 266. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; value, £300 with residence. The church has a square embattled tower, and is good.

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


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyEssex 
Ecclesiastical parishDownham St. Margaret 
Poor Law unionBillericay 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Postal districtCM11
Post TownBillericay