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Tolleshunt Major or Beckingham, Essex

Historical Description

Tolleshunt Major or Beckingham, a parish, with a village, in Essex, 4½ miles ENE of Maldon station on the G.E.R. Post town, Witham; money order and telegraph office, Tolleshunt D'Arcy. Acreage, 2226; population, 405. There is a parish council of five members and a chairman. A seat of the Beckinghams was erected here in the time of Henry VIII., and is now represented only by an embattled gateway and walls. The living is a vicarage in the diocese St Albans; net value, £105. The church, which stands about half a mile SE of the village, formerly belonged to the priory of Caldwell, Beds, and is a building of pudding stone, Caen stone, and rubble in the Norman and Early English styles, consisting of chancel, nave, S porch, and an embattled western tower. It was restored at a cost of £600 in 1888.

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 parishTolleshunt Major St. Nicholas 
Poor Law unionMaldon 

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