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Hatfield Broad Oak

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"HATFIELD-BROAD-OAK, or HATFIELD-REGIS, a parish in the hundred of HARLOW, county of ESSEX, 6 miles (N. E. by E.) from Harlow, comprising the townships of Brumsend-quarter, Heath-quarter, Town-quarter, and Woodrow-quarter, and containing 1693 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the jurisdiction of the Commissary of Essex and Herts, concurrently with the Consistorial Court of the Bishop of London, rated in the king's books at £7. 11., and in the patronage of the Master and Fellows of Trinity College Cambridge. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, comprises portions in the later English style, with some of an earlier date. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. Here are some almshouses. Adjoining the church, which was then conventual, stood a priory of Black canons, founded by Albeni de Vere, in 1135, and dedicated to God, St. Mary, and St. Melanius Redenensis, the revenue of which, at the time of the dissolution, was £157. 3. 2." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]

Bush End - a place within this parish



  • 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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  • Hatfield Broad Oak was a member of the Harlow Hundred

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  • Hatfield Broad Oak was a member of the Dunmow Poor Law Union