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Fobbing, Essex

Historical Description

Fobbing, a village and a parish in Essex. The village stands on a hill, near Holehaven Creek, 2 miles N of the Thames, 2½ NE by E of Stanford-le-Hope station, London, Tilbury, and Southend railway, and 7½ SSE of Billericay, and was the place where Jack Cade's rebellion began. The parish comprises 2140 acres; population of the civil parish, 357; of the ecclesiastical, 409. It has a post office under Stanford-le-Hope (S.O.); money order and telegraph office, Stanford-le-Hope. Much of the land is marshy. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; gross yearly value, £573 with residence. Patron, the Crown. The church—a fine stone building, erected in the earlier part of the 15th century, stands high, has a lofty tower, and forms a conspicuous object at a great distance. Thames Haven in this parish has a branch line of the London, Tilbury, and Southend railway, and a dock used for unloading cattle for the London market. Cowper describes the adjacent scenery thus:-u Here, Thames, slow gliding through a level plain Of spacious meads, with cattle sprinkled o'er, Conducts the eye along its sinuous course, Delighted."

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 parishFobbing St. Michael 
Poor Law unionOrsett 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Postal districtSS17
Post TownStanford-Le-Hope