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Woodham Ferrers, Essex

Historical Description

Woodham Ferris or Woodham Ferrers, a parish, with a village, in Essex, 6 miles SW of Maldon, 9 SE from Chelmsford, and 3 N from Hull Bridge Wharf on the river Crouch. It has a station on the Maldon and Southminster branch of the G.E.R., and a post office under Chelmsford; money order and telegraph office, Danbury. Acreage, 4482; population, 769. There is a parish council consisting of seven members. The manor, with most of the land, belongs to Lord Rayleigh. A mansion of Archbishop Sandys was here, and part of it is still standing. A Black priory was founded at Bycknacre in the time of Henry III. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £539 with residence. The church, which was restored in 1884, is an ancient building originally erected in the reign of Henry II., and consisting of chancel, nave, aisles, and a western turret. 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 parishWoodham-Ferris St. Mary 
Poor Law unionChelmsford 

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Directories & Gazetteers

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Land and Property

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Postal districtCM3
Post TownChelmsford