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"TERLING, a parish in the hundred of WITHAM, county of ESSEX,3¾ miles (W.) from Witham, containing 781 inhabitants. The living is a discharged vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Colchester, and diocese of London, rated in the king's books at £10, and in the patronage of J. Strutt, Esq. The church is dedicated to All Saints. There is a place of worship for Wesleyan Methodists. Benjamin Jocelyne, in 1775, bequeathed an annuity of £1.0 for teaching ten poor boys. In 1269, the, Bishop of Norwich had a palace and park here, which was subsequently the residence of Henry VIII. Its chapel possessed the privilege of sanctuary, and as such afforded shelter to the celebrated Hubert de Burgh, when he had fallen under the indignation of Henry III. On making a new road through the grounds, in l824,(about three hundred gold and silver coins were turned up> and, upon further search, a jar was discovered, containing two large rings, and thirty small pieces of gold, with some silver coins of twelve Roman emperors, as bright as if just taken from the mint, and in regular succession, beginning with Constantius, and ending with Honorius. Terling is at no great distance from the ancient Roman stations at Colchester, Maldon, and Fleshy." [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

  • Terling was a member of the Witham Hundred

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Terling was a member of the Braintree Poor Law Union