Place:Great Coggeshall, Essex, England

NameGreat Coggeshall
TypeCivil parish
Coordinates51.8717°N 0.6913°E
Located inEssex, England     ( - 1949)
See alsoBraintree Rural, Essex, Englandrural district of which it was a part 1894-1974
Coggeshall, Essex, Englandparish into which was absorbed in 1949
Braintree (district), Essex, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Family History Library Catalog

Great Coggeshall was part of the Braintree Rural District from 1894 until 1949 when it was merged with the parish of Little Coggeshall to form the parish of Coggeshall. Since 1974 the whole area has been located in the Braintree District in Essex.

A Vision of Britain through Time provides the following description of Great Coggeshall from John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales of 1870-72:

"COGGESHALL, a town and a sub-district in the [registration] district of Witham, Essex. The town is chiefly in Great Coggeshall parish, partly in Little Coggeshall; and stands on the Roman road from Colchester, and on the river Blackwater, 2 ½ miles N by W of Kelvedon [railway] station, and 6 E by S of Braintree. Its site is partly low ground, partly the acclivity of a pleasant hill. A Roman station, either Ad Ansam or Canonium, is supposed by some antiquaries to have been here; and remains of a Roman villa have been found. A Cistertian abbey was founded in the vicinity, within Little Coggeshall parish, and a three-arched bridge built over an adjacent artificial cut of the Blackwater, by King Stephen; and a small part of the abbey still exists.
"The town has a post office under Kelvedon, two banking offices, two chief inns, a parish church, five dissenting chapels, a free school, and six alms-houses. The church is perpendicular English, with a tower; and was repaired in 1847, and thoroughly renovated in 1854; and a plan for farther improvement on it, at the cost of about £2,000, was executed in 1864. A weekly market is held on Thursday; and a fair on Whit-Tuesday. There are two silk factories, and a patent isinglass and gelatine factory. Population: 3,166. Houses: 714.

"The [registration] sub-district contains the two Coggeshall parishes and two others. Acres: 7,634. Population: 4,954. Houses: 1,083.

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