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Prittlewell, Essex

Historical Description

Prittlewell, a village, and the mother parish of Southend, in Essex. The village stands on the slope of a hill, 1 mile N of Sonthend station on the London, Tilbury, and Southend and G.E. railways; is an ancient place known in the time of Edward the Confessor; takes its name from a well situated at an ancient priory, and feeding several fish-ponds; consists chiefly of two main streets at right angles with each other; and has a post, money order, and telegraph office (T.S.O.) under Southend-on-Sea. The parish contains also the municipal borough of Southend-on-Sea and the hamlet of Milton, includes a part of Canvey Island, and comprises 3441 acres; population, 12,333. The manor belongs to the Scratton family. A Cluniac priory was founded here in the time of Henry II. by R. Fitzwaine, and went at the dissolution to the Audleys. The living is a vicarage jn the diocese of St Albans; net value, £176, in the gift of the Bishop of St Albans. The church, which stands at the junction of the village's two streets, on the top of the hill, is one of the largest and one of the most interesting in Essex. It is in the Perpendicular style, with the exception of the three westernmost bays of the nave, which are Early English, and consists of chancel, nave, S aisle, with eastern chapel, S porch, and a lofty western embattled tower. All Saints' ecclesiastical parish was formed in 1877 Population, 1904. The living is a perpetual curacy in the diocese of St Albans; gross value, £150 with residence, in the gift of Keble College, Oxford. The hamlet of Milton has been noticed separately.

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 parishPrittlewell St. Mary 
Poor Law unionRochford 

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Land and Property

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Postal districtSS2
Post TownSouthend-On-Sea