In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Fordham like this:
FORDHAM, a village, a parish, and a sub-district in Lexden district, Essex. The village stands near the left bank of the river Colne, 2½ miles E by S of Chapel r. station, and 5 NW by W of Colchester. The parish comprises 2, 517 acres. Post town, West Bergholt, under Colchester. Real property, £4, 095. ...
Pop., 782. Houses, 178. The property is subdivided. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £740.* Patron, alt. Countess Cowper andS. Onley, Esq. The church is later English; has a tower; and was restored in 1861. There are a chapel of Lady Huntingdon's Connexion, and charities £83. -The sub-district contains eight parishes. Acres, 15, 925. Pop., 4, 621. Houses, 1, 008.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Fordham, in Colchester and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th March 2017
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