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Markshall, Essex

Historical Description

Markshall, a parish in Essex, 2 miles N by W of Coggeshall, and 5 N from Kelvedon station on the G.E.R. Post town and money order and telegraph office, Coggeshall, under Kelvedon. Acreage, 813; population, 50. The manor was held at the Conquest by Nigel under the Montforts; then by the De Meres or Merkshalls from the time of Henry II. till Queen Elizabeth's time; passed to the Coles, the Deraughs, and in 1605 was purchased by the Honywoods, to whom, with Marks Hall, it still belongs. The ball is a large edifice in the Tudor style, standing in a well-timbered deer park, and has a portrait of General Honywood on horseback by Gainsborough. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £150 with residence. The church, which adjoins the hall, was rebuilt in 1876 by Mrs Honywood as a memorial of her husband.

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 parishMarkshall St. Margaret 
Poor Law unionWitham 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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