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"LEIGHS (GREAT), a parish partly in the hundred of CHELMSFORD, but chiefly in that of WITHAM, county of ESSEX, 5 miles (S. S. W.) from Braintree, containing, with the hamlet of Chatley, 667 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Essex, and diocese of London, rated in the king's books at £25. 7. 1., and in the patronage of the Rector and Fellows of Lincoln College, Oxford. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, has at the west end an ancient circular tower of flint and stone." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]

“CHATLEY, a hamlet in that part of the parish of GREAT-LEIGHS which is in the hundred of WITHAM, county of ESSEX, 4 miles (S. by W.) from Braintree, containing 486 inhabitants.” [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]

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Census

  • 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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Church History

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Description & Travel

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Historical Geography

  • Great Leighs was a member of the Chelmsford Hundred

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Poor Houses, Poor Law

  • Great Leighs was a member of the Chelmsford Poor Law Union