Prittlewell  Essex


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.

Prittlewell through time

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

How to reference this page:

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: 15th June 2021

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