In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Wickford like this:
WICKFORD, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Billericay district, Essex. The village stands on the river Crouch, 4 miles N by E of Pitsea r. station; is an ancient place; and has a post-office under Chelmsford. The parish comprises 1,758 acres. Real property, £3,426. Pop., 462. Houses, 105. ...
The property is divided among a few. W. Hall is a farmhouse. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £393.* Patron, R. B. Berens, Esq. The church is old but good; and there is an Independent chapel.The sub-district contains 7 parishes and a chapelry. Acres, 16,040. Pop., 2,061. Houses, 415.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Wickford, in Basildon and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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