Orsett  Essex


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

ORSETT, a village, a parish, a sub-district, and a district, in Essex. The village stands 2½ miles W of Stanford-le-Hope r. station, and 8½ S by E of Brentwood; is a seat of petty sessions; and has a post-office under Romford, and a police station. The parish comprises 4, 134acres. ...

Real property, £7, 777. Pop., 1, 531. Houses, 290. Most of the property, with Orsett Hall, belongs to R. B. W. Baker, Esq. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £820.* Patron, the Bishop of Rochester. The church is old but good; and consists of double nave, and two chancels, with brick tower and spire. There are Independent and Wesleyan chapels, a literary institute, an endowed school, and charities £187. The workhouse of the district also is here; was built at a cost of £3, 115; has accommodation for200 persons; and, at the census of 1861, had 149 in-mates.—The sub-district contains also the parishes of Bulphan, Horndon-on-the-Hill, Langdon, Fobbing, Corringham, Stanford-le-Hope, Mucking, East Tilbury, West Tilbury, and Chadwell, St. Mary. Acres, 29, 615. Pop., 5, 234. Houses, 1,003. The district comprehendsalso the sub-district of Grays, containing the parishes of Grays-Thurrock, Little Thurrock, West Thurrock, Aveley, Stifford, South Ockendon, and North Ockendon. Acres of the district, 45, 597. Poor-rates in 1863, £5, 526. Pop. in 1851, 10, 642; in 1861, 11, 595. Houses, 2, 132. Marriages in 1663, 63; births, 438, of which 29 were illegitimate; deaths, 221, of which 87 were at ages under 5 years, and 6 at ages above 85. Marriages in the ten years 1851-60, 634; births, 3, 865; deaths, 2, 365. The places of worship, in 1851, were 15 of the Church of England, with 2, 823 sittings; 4 of Independents, with836 s.; 1 of Baptists, with 150 s.; 2 of Wesleyan Methodists, with 282 s.; 1 of Primitive Methodists, with 66 s.; 1 of Wesleyan Reformers, with 100 s.; and 1 undefined, with 22 attendants. The schools were 16 public day-schools, with 1,012 scholars; 17 private day-schools, with 339 s.; 21 Sunday schools, with 1, 278 s.; and 2 evening schools for adults, with 15 s.

Orsett through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 28th May 2024

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