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Rivenhall, Essex

Historical Description

Rivenhall, an ancient parish, with a village, in Essex, on an affluent of the river Blackwater, 1½ mile N by E of Witham Junction station on the main line of the G.E.R. It has a post office under Witham; money order office, Witham, telegraph office, Rivenhall End. Acreage, 3428; population of the civil parish, 656; of the ecclesiastical, 709. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. Rivenhall Manor belonged to Queen Editha, and passed to Eustace de Boulogne, the Scaleses, the Widvilles, the Eateses, and others. There are four other manors. Rivenhall Place is a country mansion standing on rising-ground in a park of about 100 acres. It with one other manor belongs to the Western family. Remains of a Roman villa, with traces of a tessellated pavement 400 feet by 4½, were found near the church in 1846. A part was uncovered in 1894, and other remains of the villa found. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £600 with residence. The church is a building of rabble and stucco in a style of modern Gothic, consisting of chancel, nave, S porch, and an embattled western tower; has an E window with stained glass of the time of Enfus; and contains a fine monument of 1594 to Sir R. Wiseman. There is a workmen's hall in the village, built and endowed by the late Dr. Dixon, and there are some small charities. Tusser, author of " Five Hundred Points of Good Husbandry," was a native.

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 parishRivenhall St. Mary and All Saints 
Poor Law unionWitham 

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Land and Property

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Postal districtCM8
Post TownWitham