Boreham  Essex


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

BOREHAM, a village and a parish in Chelmsford district, Essex. The village stands on the river Chelmer, near the Eastern Counties railway, 3 ½ miles NE of Chelmsford; and it has a post office under Chelmsford, and was once a market-town.—The parish comprises 3,739 acres. Real property, £7,002. ...

Pop., 989. Houses, 186. The property is divided among a few. Boreham House is the seat of Sir J. T. Tyrell, Bart. Newhall belonged to Waltham Abbey; and passed to the Shardelowes, the Butlers, the Boleyns, Henry VIII., the Ratcliffes, the Villierses, Cromwell, Monk, the Cavendishes, and Olmius Lord Waltham. A mansion on it was built by the Butlers in the time of Henry VII.; inhabited by the Princess Mary, the Duke of Buckingham, Cromwell, and Monk; and demolished, all except the great hall, by Lord Waltham. The hall is now a chapel, 96 feet by 50, retaining the arms of Henry VIII. and Elizabeth; and a convent is connected with it, first occupied by nuns who fled from Liege at the first French revolution, and used as a seminary for Roman Catholic ladies. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £432.* Patron, the Bishop of Rochester. The church has a square Norman tower; contains tombs of the Ratcliffes, Earls of Sussex; and is good. The churchyard contains a mausoleum of the Walthams, after the model of the Temple of the Winds. There are national schools, Butler's charity school with £156 a year, and other charities with £13.

Boreham through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 21st June 2024

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