Runwell, a scattered village and a parish in Essex, three-quarters of a mile from Wickford station on the G.E.R., 10 miles SSE from Chelmsford, and 6 E from Billericay. Post town, Chelmsford; money order and telegraph office, Wickford. Acreage, 2071; population of the civil parish, 275; of the ecclesiastical, 289. Runwell Hall, a modern mansion of brick pleasantly situated on an eminence, is a seat of the Kemble family, who are lords of the manor and chief landowners. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £273 with residence. The church is a small building of stone and brick in the Perpendicular style. It has a hagioscope in the chancel, piscinae both in the chancel and in the aisles, some ancient and interesting tombs and monuments, and some good stained windows.
The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.
|Ecclesiastical parish||Runwell St. Mary|
|Poor Law union||Chelmsford|
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Directories & Gazetteers
We have transcribed the entry for Runwell from the following:
- Samuel Lewis' A Topographical Dictionary of England, 1848 (Runwell (St. Mary))
Land and Property
The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Essex is available to browse.
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- Streetmap.co.uk (Current Ordnance Survey maps).
- A Vision of Britain through Time. (Old maps)
Newspapers and Periodicals
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