In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Hatfield Peverel like this:
HATFIELD-PEVEREL, a village and a parish in Witham district, Essex. The village stands adjacent to the Eastern Counties railway, near the river Ter, 2 miles SW of Witham; and has a post office under Chelmsford, and a fair on Whit-Tuesday. The parish comprises 4, 728 acres. Real property, £10, 777. Pop., 1, 311. Houses, 289. The property is divided among a few. The manor was given, by the Conqueror, to Ralph Peverel; passed to the Leighs and the Al1eynes; and belongs now to John Wright, Esq. ...
A college for secular canons was founded here, by Ingelrica, the wife of Ralph Peverel; was changed, in the time of Henry I., into a Benedictine priory; and went, at the dissolution, to Giles Leigh. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £88.* Patron, John Wright, Esq. The church was the church of the priory; is Norman, in very good condition, with turret tower; and contains an effigies of the Lady Ingelrica. There are a Wesleyan chapel, a national school, and charities £158.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Hatfield Peverel has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Braintree. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Hatfield Peverel and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Hatfield Peverel, in Braintree and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 18th June 2013
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