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"PANFIELD, a parish in the hundred of HINCKFORD, county of ESSEX, 2½ miles (N. W. by N.) from Braintree, containing 263 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Middlesex, and diocese of London, rated in the king's books at £10. 10. The Rev. R. L. Page was patron in 1809 The church is dedicated to St. Mary and St. Christopher. Panfield hall, built in 1546, is a curious specimen of the domestic architecture of that period. An Alien priory of Benedictine monks, subordinate to the abbey of St. Stephen, fit Caen in Normandy, was founded here in the reign of William the Conqueror; but in that of Henry V. it became parcel of the possessions of the prior and convent of Canterbury, and at the dissolution was granted to Sir Giles Capel." [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

  • Panfield was a member of the Hinckford Hundred

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Panfield was a member of the Braintree Poor Law Union