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Horndon on the Hill, Essex

Historical Description

Horndon-on-the-Hill, a village and a parish in Essex. The village stands on a hill, 1½ mile NW from Stanford-le-Hope station on the London, Tilbury, and Southend railway, and 2 miles ENE of Orsett, has a fine prospect along the Thames to London and to the sea, is an ancient place, was formerly a market-town, and has now a post, money order, and telegraph office under Grays. The parish comprises 2649 acres; population, 546. A farm bears the name of Saffron Gardens, from the former cultivation of saffron. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £212. Patrons, the Dean and Chapter of St Paul's. The church, which dates from the early part of the 13th century, consists of chancel, with chapel, nave, aisles, S porch, and wooden tower.

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 parishHorndon-on-the-Hill St. Peter 
Poor Law unionOrsett 

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

Directories & Gazetteers

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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 districtSS17
Post TownStanford-Le-Hope