Kelvedon  Essex


In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Kelvedon like this:

KELVEDON, a village, a parish, and a sub-district in Witham district, Essex. The village stands partly on a rising ground, on the right bank of the river Blackwater, adjacent to the Eastern Counties railway, 3½ miles NE of Witham; is an ancient place; consists chiefly of one street, about a mile in length; is connected by a bridge with Gore-Pits in Feering parish; and has a head post office, † a railway station with telegraph, and a fair on Easter Monday. ...

The parish comprises 3, 167 acres. Real property, £7, 080. Pop. in 1851, 1, 633; in 1861, 1, 741. Houses, 350. The manor belonged anciently to Edward the Confessor; and is now divided into two manors, belonging to the Bishop of London and to T. B. Western, Esq. Felix Hall, the seat of Mr. Western, is a modern edifice, in a fine park; and commands a charming view over the valley of the Blackwater. The massacre of the Danes began in Kelvedon; and a silver ring, with Danish initials, has been found. William III. was here in 1691, again in 1692, and slept at an inn in the village. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £500.* Patron, the Bishop of Rochester. The church has early English pillars and arches, and a later English nave-roof; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower; and has been considerably improved. There are chapels for Independents and Quakers, a British school, an endowed national school, with £55 a year, and charities £12. -The sub-district contains also five other parishes. Acres, 14, 053. Pop., 4, 423. Houses, 927.

Kelvedon through time

Kelvedon is now part of Braintree district. Click here for graphs and data of how Braintree has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Kelvedon itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Kelvedon, in Braintree and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 25th May 2022

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