Place:Hatfield Broad Oak, Essex, England

NameHatfield Broad Oak
Alt namesHadfeldasource: Domesday Book (1985) p 102
Hatfield Regissource: Domesday Book (1985) p 97
Hatfield-Broad-Oaksource: Family History Library Catalog
Hatfield-Regissource: Family History Library Catalog
TypeVillage, Civil parish
Coordinates51.826°N 0.243°E
Located inEssex, England     (1136 - )
See alsoDunmow Rural, Essex, Englandrural district of which it was part 1894-1974
Uttlesford (district), Essex, Englanddistrict municipality covering the area since 1974
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Hatfield Broad Oak (also known as HBO or Hatfield Regis) is a village and civil parish in the Uttlesford district of Essex, England, about five and a half miles south-east of Bishop's Stortford. Near the church of St Mary the Virgin is former Benedictine priory Hatfield Regis Priory.

At around the parish is one of the largest in Essex, stretching four miles (6 km) north of the village, and was formerly divided into four "quarters": Town Quarter, Woodrow Quarter, Heath Quarter, and Broomsend Quarter. At the north end of the parish lies Hatfield Forest, known for its large oak trees.

The name Hatfield Broad Oak has been used since at least 1136, and the eponymous oak was mentioned in record in 1295. The forest still contains the fenced remains of a very large oak known as the "Doodle Oak", estimated as 850 years old, though it is believed to be a different tree to that which gave the parish its name. Hatfield forest, is an Ancient woodland, a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a National Nature Reserve (NNR). It is now in the possession of the National Trust. The modern hedges in Hatfield Broadoak still follow the boundaries the ancient forest following clearances known as Assarting.

Hatfield was at one time a thriving market town. At the time of the 2001 census it had a population of 1,600.

"Hatfield Broad Oak is a very large parish, full of woods and streams, and including Hatfield Heath, Bush End, Greenhill, Wood Row, Taveners Green, Needham Green and Broad Street." (Source: The Recorders of Ucclesford History)

The parish was part of the Dunmow Rural District from 1894 until 1974. Since 1974 it has been located in the Uttlesford District of Essex.

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