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Roydon, Essex

Historical Description

Roydon, a village and a parish in Essex. The village stands on the river Stort, and on the G.E.R., at the boundary with Herts, 4¼ miles W by S of Harlow, is sometimes called Woodredon, was formerly a market-town, and has a station on the railway, and a post, money order, and telegraph office under Ware,, The parish comprises 3031 acres; population, 969. The manor belongs to Earl Cowley. Roydon Lodge is a modern mansion of brick and stone, situated on a bank of the river Stort, amidst some pleasant grounds. Nether Hall, an ancient mansion, belonged to the Colte family, but is now represented only by a gateway, and the property connected with it belongs now to the Houbloa family. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of St Albans; gross value, £115 with residence. Patron, the Earl of Mornington. The church is an ancient building in mixed styles, consisting of chancel, nave, N aisle, and an embattled western tower with small spire. It is partly covered with ivy, and it contains several ancient brasses.

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 parishRoydon St. Peter 
Poor Law unionEpping 

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DistrictEpping Forest
Postal districtCM19
Post TownHarlow