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Great Horkesley

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Great Horkesley is a parish 6 miles east of Bures station, 4 miles north of Colchester, in Lexden union and hundred. The parish contains 3,084 acres. Population in 1861 was 760" [Kelly's Directory of Essex, 1862]

"HORKSLEY (GREAT), a parish in the Colchester division of the hundred of LEXDEN, county of ESSEX, 1¾ mile (S. S. W.) from Nayland, containing 623 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Colchester, and diocese of London, rated in the king's books at £15. The Countess de Grey was patroness in 1817. The church is dedicated to All Saints. The navigable river Stour runs on the northern side of this parish." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]



  • Census returns are available from the usual sources for 1841-1911, which includes most copies held at the ERO, Wharf Rd, Chelmsford. More information on other ways to view these census returns on the Essex


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Historical Geography

  • Great Horkesley was a member of the Lexden Hundred

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