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Toppesfield, Essex

Historical Description

Toppesfield, a parish, with a village, in Essex, 1½ mile SW of Yeldham station on the Colne Valley branch of the G.E.R., 8 miles NW from Halstead, and 50 from London. It has a post office under Halstead; money order and telegraph office, Great Yeldham. Acreage, 3361; population, 796. There is a parish council of seven members and a chairman. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £560 with residence, in the gift of the Crown. The church, erected in 1519 and restored in 1895, is a building in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, nave, S aisle, N and S porches, and an embattled western tower of brick, built in 1699 after the fall of the original steeple. It has a very ancient font and some old tombs and memorials. There is a Congregational chapel.

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 parishToppesfield St. Margaret 
Poor Law unionHalstead 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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Postal districtCO9
Post TownHalstead