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Great Horkesley, Essex

Historical Description

Horkesley, Great, a village and a parish in Essex. The village stands near the river Stour and the boundary with Suffolk, U mile S by W from Nayland, and 4 N by W from Colchester station on the G.E.R., and has a post and money order office under Colchester; telegraph office, Mile End, HOBKESLEY,

The parish comprises 8204 acres; population of the civil parish, 783;, of the ecclesiastical, 764. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £570 with residence. Patron, Earl Cowper. The church is ancient but good, consists of nave, N aisle, and chancel, with handsome tower, and has a very fine memorial window to Bishop Ward of Sodor and Man. There are a modern chapel of ease and an ancient chapel supposed to have been originally dedicated to the Virgin. The latter is now converted into a cottage. It formerly was a small oratory or Ladye Chapel. " This chauntry was founded by John Falcon, who put lands and tenements in feoff for it ' to find a priest to sing in our Ladye Chapel.'" There are still points of great interest in the building.

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 parishHorksley All Saints 
Poor Law unionLexden and Winstree 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Postal districtCO6
Post TownColchester