In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Bowers Gifford like this:
BOWERS-GIFFORD, a parish in Billericay district, Essex; on the Tilbury and Southend railway, 1½ mile E of Pitsea station, and 7 SE of Billericay. It includes part of Canvey island; and has a post office under Chelmsford. Acres, 2,606. Real property, £3,768 Pop., 259. Houses, 48. The property is divided among a few. Bowers Hall is the seat of Mrs. Curtis. Much of the land is marshy. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £564.* Patron, the Rev. Horace Roberts. The church is tolerable.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Bowers Gifford, in Basildon and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 26th March 2017
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