South Weald  Essex


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

WEALD (South), a parish in Billericay district, Essex; containing Brentwood, with post-office and r. station. Acres, 5,037. Real property, £14,889; of which £200 are in gasworks. Pop. in 1851, 3,588; in 1861, 5,209. Houses, 840. Pop., exclusive of Brentwood, in 1851, 1,383; in 1861, 2,116. ...

Houses, 307. Weald Hall was the birthplace of Queen Mary; was also the residence of Sir Anthony Brown; and is now the residence ofJ. Tower, Esq. Boyles Court, Oakhurst, Pilgrims Hall, Great Ropers, Rochetts, Mascalls, Ditchleys, and How-Hatch also are chief residences. The Essex lunatic asylum, an edifice in the Tudor style with accommodation for about 700 patients, a school-house and ten alms houses in the Tudor style, built in 1856, a Belvedere tower near the church, and a new cemetery opened in 1860, are prominent objects. There are a chalybeate spring and traces of an ancient camp. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £656.* Patron, the Bishop of R. The church was recently restored, at a cost of about £10,000; and has a fine tower. The p. curacy of Brentwood is a separate benefice. See Brentwood.

South Weald through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 05th December 2021

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