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Shenfield, Essex

Historical Description

Shenfield, a village and a parish in Essex. The village stands near the G.E.R., on which it has a station, 1 mile NE of Brentwood, and dates from at least the time of Edward the Confessor. It has a post office under Brentwood; money order and telegraph office, Brentwood. The parish comprises 2459 acres; population of the civil parish, 1520; of the ecclesiastical, 1160. There is a parish council consisting of nine members, and there are several good residences. The manor of Fitzwalters was formerly held on the tenure of presenting gilt spurs at the king's coronation. Roman antiquities have been found. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; gross value, £435 with residence. Patron, Earl Cowper. The church, which was restored and enlarged in 1863 and 1868, and again enlarged in 1887, is a building of brick and rough-cast in the Early English style. The great feature of the church is a row of oak columns, inserted in the 15th century, supporting the roof.

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 parishShenfield St. Mary 
Poor Law unionBillericay 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Postal districtCM15
Post TownBrentwood