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Lambourne, Essex

Historical Description

Lambourne, a village and a parish in Essex. The village stands near Hainault Forest, 1½ mile SE of the river Roding, 1 SE from Theydon Bois station on the G.E.R., 7 miles NNW of Romford, and is an ancient place mentioned in Domesday book. The parish contains also the village of Abridge, where there is a post, money order, and telegraph office under Romford. Acreage, 2470; population, 904. Bishops Hall was the residence of Hemy-le-Despenser, the Bishop of Norwich, celebrated for his warlike prowess, who suppressed the insurgent rising in the eastern counties in the reign of Richard II., and is now the seat of the Lockwood family. A tract of woodland about 314 acres in extent, the greater part of which is in this parish, is all that now remains of Hainault Forest. The living is a rectory, united with the chapelry of Abridge, in the diocese of St Albans; net yearly value, £336 with residence. Patrons, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The church is a very ancient building of brick rubble faced with plaster in the Georgian style, consists of chancel and nave with a small western turret, and contains the tomb of Thomas Winniffe, Bishop of Lincoln (1642), who was at one time rector of the parish, and who died there in 1654. There are a chapel of ease at Abridge, a Congregational chapel, and some small charities. The parish council consists of five members.

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 parishLambourn St. Mary and All Saints 
Poor Law unionOngar 

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DistrictEpping Forest
Postal districtRM4
Post TownRomford