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"ROMFORD, a market-town and parish, in the liberty of HAVERING-atte-BOWER, county of ESSEX, 18 miles (S. W.) from Chelmsford, and 12 (E.N.E.) from London, containing 3777 inhabitants. ................................ The living is in the nature of a vicarage, in the peculiar jurisdiction and patronage of the Warden and Fellows of New College, Oxford, who appoint a commissary. The great and small tithes of the whole liberty, were given by William of Wykeham to the Warden and Fellows of New College, Oxford, founded by him; the great tithes being now demised to two laymen, and the small tithes of Romford to the chaplain of Romford, and those of Hornchurch to the chaplain of Hornchurch. The church, dedicated to St. Edward the Confessor, was erected in 1407, and consists of a nave, north aisle, and chancel, with a tower at the west end;.................. There are places of worship for Independents and Wesleyan Methodists, the first having a small endowment of £20 per annum, and a house for the minister. A free school, for children of both sexes, was erected in 1728, ........[More]" [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]

Places within this parish - Gidea ParkRush GreenNoak HillHarold Hill



  • 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.

  • Romford was a member of the Romford Poor Law Union