In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Hatfield Broad Oak like this:
HATFIELD-BROAD-OAK, or Hatfield-Regis, a village, a parish, and a sub-district in Dunmow district, Essex. The village stands on an eminence, at Pinceybrook, 4½ miles ENE of Sawbridgeworth r. station, and 5½ SE of Bishop-Stortford; is an ancient place; was formerly a market town; and has now a post office‡ of the name of Hatfield-Broad-Oak, under Harlow, and a fair on 5 Aug. ...
The parish is divided into the fonr quarters of Town, Brunsend, Heath, and Woodrow. Acres, 8, 810. Real property, £10, 941. Pop., 1, 960. Houses, 405. The property is subdivided. The manor belonged anciently to the Crown; was given, after the Conquest, to the De Gernons; passed to the Bruces, the Bohuns, the Staffords, the Riches, and the Barringtons; and belongs now to the faniily of Lowndes. The seat occnpied by the Bruces, and that occupied by the Barringtons, are now farm houses; and the former is moated, and belongs to the Earl of Roden. Barrington Hall was begnn about 1740, but not completed till 1864; and is now the seat of G. A. Lowndes, Esq. Down Hall, the seat of Sir John Sylwin, and Gladwyns, are good mansions. A Benedictine priory was founded in the parish, in 1135, by Aubrey de Vere; and given, at the dissolution, to T. Noke. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £180.* Patron, Trinity College, Cambridge. The church is later English, and good; has a lofty tower; and contains a fine effigies of Robert de Vere, third Earl of Oxford. The vicarages of Hatfield-Forest and Hatfield-Heath are separate benefices. There are an Independent chapel, a national school, and charitics £177. The snb district contains seven parishes. Acres, 21, 381. Pop., 4, 554. Houses,
Hatfield Broad Oak is now part of Uttlesford district. Click here for graphs and data of how Uttlesford has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Hatfield Broad Oak itself, go to Units and Statistics.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hatfield Broad Oak, in Uttlesford and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th March 2017
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