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Little Leighs

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"LEIGHS (LITTLE), a parish in the hundred of CHELMSFORD, county of ESSEX, 5 miles (S. W. by S,) from Braintree, containing 160 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Essex, and diocese of London, rated in the king's books at £9. Lord and Lady Olmins were patrons in 1795. The church is dedicated to St. John the Evangelist. A priory of Black canons, in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. John the Evangelist, was founded here, in the reign of Henry III., the revenue of which, at the dissolution, was estimated at £141. 14,8.: the gatehouse, which still remains, is in the later style of English architecture." [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

  • Little Leighs was a member of the Chelmsford Hundred

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

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