In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Prittlewell like this:
PRITTLEWELL, a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Rochford district, Essex. The village stands on the slope of a hill, 1 mile N of Southend r. station; is an ancient place, known in the time of Edward the Confessor; takes its name from a well situated at anancient priory, and feeding several fish-ponds; consists of two streets, at right angles with each other; and has a post-office under Chelmsford, and a fair on 15 and 16 July. The parish contains also the town of Southend, and the hamlet of Milton; includes a part of Canveyisland; and comprises 5, 248 acres of land, and 6,045 ofwater. ...
Real property, £17, 392; of which £570 are infisheries. Pop. in 1851, 2, 462; in 1861, 3, 427. Houses, 600. The manor, with P. Priory, belongs to D. R. Scratton, Esq. A Cluniac priory was founded here, in the time of Henry II., by R. Fitzswaine; went, at the dissolution, to the Audleys; and is partlypreserved in the present cognominal mansion. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £365.* Patron, the Bishop of Rochester. The churchstands at the junction of the village's two streets, on the top of the hill; is later English; and has a loftytower, which serves as a sea-mark. The p. curacy of Southend is a separate benefice. There are an endowed school with £23 a year, and charities £31.The sub-district contains also two other parishes. Acres, 18,089. Pop., 5, 394. Houses, 982.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Prittlewell, in Southend on Sea and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 13th December 2013
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