Goldhanger (St. Peter)
GOLDHANGER (St. Peter), a parish, in the union of Maldon, hundred of Thurstable, N. division of Essex, 4 miles (E. N. E.) from Maldon; containing 520 inhabitants. This place is pleasantly situated on the road from Maldon to Colchester, and is bounded on the south by the river Blackwater, creeks of which come up to some of the farms; it consists chiefly of low marshy ground, having a light gravelly soil, but producing good crops, especially of barley. A small pleasure-fair is held on the Monday and Tuesday in Whitsun-week. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £25. 19. 4½., and in the gift of the Rev. Thomas Leigh: the tithes have been commuted for £500, and the glebe comprises 27 acres, with a house. The church is a small ancient building of stone, with a handsome tower, and the western window has some interesting details. There are places of worship for Independents and Wesleyans. The Romans are supposed to have effected a landing from the river Blackwater; and some mounds in the parish show that they encamped here.