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"WIVENHOE, a parish in the Colchester division of the hundred of LEXDEN, county of ESSEX, 4 miles (S. E. by E.) from Colchester, containing 1287 inhabitants. The living is a discharged rectory, in the archdeaconry of Colchester, and diocese of London, rated in the king's books at £10, endowed with £200 private benefaction, and £200 royal bounty, and in the patronage of the Executors of the Rev. N. Corsellis. The church is dedicated to St. Mary. There is a place of worship for Independents. The parish is bounded on the west and south by the river Colne. Wivenhoe is considered the port to Colchester, and has a regular custom-house establishment, with a commodious quay, whence the noted Colchester oysters are shipped for the London and other markets. Two pounds a year, the gift of Mr. Potter, is applied for teaching poor boys." [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

  • Wivenhoe was a member of the Lexden Hundred

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