Hempstead, a village and a parish in Essex. The village stands 7 miles E from Saffron Walden station on the G.E.R.; is an ancient place, and has a post office under Saffron Walden; money order and telegraph office, Radwinter. Acreage of the civil parish, 3591; population, 560; of the ecclesiastical, with Great Sampford, 1163. Winchlow Hall, of which there are no remains except a very fine example of a moat, was the seat of the Harveys, one of whom was Dr Harvey, the discoverer of the circulation of the blood. The living is a vicarage, annexed to that of Great Sampford, in the diocese of St Albans; joint yearly value, £157. The church, a building in the Gothic style, the tower of which was very fine, and fell in January, 1892, consists, as restored, of chancel, nave, N and S aisles, and S porch. The tower is not yet rebuilt. At the NE corner the Harvey chapel contains seven good marble monuments, besides the sarcophagus into which Dr Harvey was removed from the vault be- neath the chapel in 1883. Hempstead was formerly a chapel of ease belonging to Great Sampford. Though Dr Harvey's remains were removed from the ancient vault beneath the Harvey Chapel, yet at a later period the vault was extended by Sir Eliab Harvey for the use of his family under the whole of the chancel. There is a Primitive Methodist chapel.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Hempstead St. Andrew|
|Poor Law union||Saffron-Walden|
Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.
Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Hempstead from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Hempstead (St. Andrew))
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 Hempstead 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: