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"HORNCHURCH, a parish within the liberty of HAVERING-atte-BOWER, county of ESSEX, 14¼ miles (E. N. E.) from London, containing. 1938 inhabitants. The living is a vicarage not in charge, in the jurisdiction of the peculiar court of Hornchurch and Havering atte Bower, and in the patronage of the Warden and Fellows of New College, Oxford. The church is dedicated to St. Andrew. Here is a small endowment for the instruction of children. An iron-foundry has been recently established; and a considerable quantity of bricks is made here. A priory, dedicated to St. Nicholas, and St. Bernard, a cell to the hospital of Monte Jovis in Savoy, was founded here about the reign of Henry II., and was purchased in that of Richard II., by William of Wickham, for his foundation of New College, Oxford. This parish extends from the great London road between Romford and Brentwood on the north, to the Thames on the south." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]

Places within this parish - Elm ParkSouth Hornchurch



  • 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

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Hornchurch was a member of the Romford Poor Law Union