Hockley is a large village and civil parish in Essex, England located between Chelmsford and Southend-on-Sea. More specifically it lies between Rayleigh and Rochford. It came to prominence during the coming of the railway in the 1890s.
The parish of Hockley has a population of 8,909 (2001 census), but its urban area runs into the neighbouring parish of Hawkwell and together their population was 13,616 in the same census. Hockley railway station serves the village and many people commute to London for employment.