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"HADLEIGH, a parish in the hundred of ROCHFORD, county of ESSEX, 2¼ miles (W. by N.) from Leigh containing 329 inhabitants. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry of Essex, and diocese of London, rated in the king's books at £11, 14. 7., and in the patronage of the Rector and Fellows of Lincoln College, Oxford. The church, dedicated to St. James, is an ancient structure;. the eastern end is semicircular, and in the Norman style. In the reign of Henry II., a castle was built here by Hubert de Burgh, Earl of Kent: the remains, which are picturesquely situated on the brow of a steep hill, consist chiefly of two dilapidated circular towers." [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

  • Hadleigh was a member of the Rochford Hundred

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Hadleigh was a member of the Rochford Poor Law Union