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Gosfield, Essex

Historical Description

Gosfield, a village and a parish in Essex. The village stands on a branch of the river Colne, 2 miles SW of Halstead town and station on the Colne Valley railway, and has a post and money order office under Halstead; telegraph office, Halstead. Acreage, 2978 of land and 55 of water; population, 546. Gosfield Hall, once the seat of the Duke of Buckingham, dates from the time of Henry VIII., has been much altered from its original appearance, but still is a fine specimen of the stately castellated mansion of its period, and stands amid well-wooded grounds, with a splendid lake. Gosfield Place and Cut Hedge are handsome modern edifices. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St Albans. The church is an ancient building of stone, plastered, in the Perpendicular style, and contains some very interesting tombs and monuments. One of the monuments is of marble, by Schee-maker, to John Knight, Esq., and it bears the following epitaph by Pope:- " 0 fairest pattern to a failing age, Whose public virtue knew no party rage; Whose private name all titles recommend- The pious son, fond husband, faithful friend; In manners plain, in sense alone refined; Good without show, and without weakness kind; To reason's equal dictates ever true; Calm to resolve, and constant to pursue; In life with every social grace adorned, In death, by friendship, honour, virtue, mourned."

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 parishGosfield St. Catherine 
Poor Law unionHalstead 

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Gosfield from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Essex is available to browse.

The Essex pages from the Return of Owners of Land in 1873 is online.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Postal districtCO9
Post TownHalstead