Great Sampford, Essex
Sampford, Great or Old, a village and a parish in Essex. The village stands on the river Pant, 3¾ miles NE by N of Thaxted, and 7 from Newport station on the G.E.R. It has a post office under Braintree; money order office, Finchingfield; telegraph office, Radwinter. There is a fair on Whit-Monday. The parish comprises 1737 acres; population of the civil parish, 492; of the ecclesiastical, 1163. The manor appears on record as a domain of Edward the Confessor, and now belongs to the Thurgood family. The manufacture of straw-plait is carried on. The living is a vicarage, united with Hempstead, in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £157. The church is an ancient building of flint in the Early Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, S porch, and an embattled western tower, and containing some ancient tombs and memorials. There is a Baptist chapel. Tindon End is a hamlet about a mile and a half SW of the village.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Sampford St. Michael|
|Poor Law union||Saffron-Walden|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Great Sampford from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Sampford, Great (St. Michael))
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.
Online maps of Great Sampford are available from a number of sites:
- Bing (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- Google Streetview.
- National Library of Scotland. (Old maps)
- old-maps.co.uk (Old Ordnance Survey maps to buy).
- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following newspapers covering Essex online: