Abbess Roding is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Other places in the parish include: Roothing Barwick and Barwick Hall.

Alternative names: Abbotts Roothing, Abbots Roding,, Abbots Roothing, Abbess Rooding, Abbotts Rooding, Abbots Rooding, Abbess

Parish church: St Edmund

Parish registers begin: 1560

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational

Parishes adjacent to Abbess Roding

Historical Descriptions

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

ROOTHING-ABBOTS, a parish in Ongar district, Essex; on the river Roding, 6 miles N by E of Ongar r.station. It contains the hamlet of Roothing-Barwick; and its post town is Ongar. Acres, 1,602. Real property, £2,366. Pop., 220. Houses, 47. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged anciently to Barking abbey. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £323. Patron, Capel Cure, Esq. The church is good, and has a spire. There are an Independent chapel and a parochial school.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

ROOTHING, ABBESS (St. Edmund), a parish, in the union of Ongar, partly in the hundred of Dunmow, N. division, but chiefly in that of Ongar, S. division, of Essex, 6 miles (N. by E.) from Ongar; containing, with the hamlet of Barwick, 254 inhabitants. The parish derives its name, in common with many other parishes, from the river Roden passing through it, and the affix to its name from the appropriation of its church and manor to the abbey of Barking, over which an abbess presided. It comprises by measurement 1620 acres, of which 1271 are arable, 229 meadow, 75 woodland, and 26 rough pasture and waste; the soil is wet and heavy, but under proper management produces good crops. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £14. 10.; net income, £323; patron and incumbent, the Rev. Thomas Dyer. The church contains an ancient font of lead, on a pedestal of stone; and handsome monuments to Sir Gamaliel Capel and his daughter, Lady Lukyn. There is a meeting-house for Independents. Thurlow, secretary to Oliver Cromwell, was born in the parish, of which his father was rector.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

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  • County: Essex
  • Civil Registration District: Ongar
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Essex
  • Diocese: Pre-1846 – London, Post-1845 – Rochester
  • Rural Deanery: Ongar
  • Poor Law Union: Ongar
  • Hundred: Dunmow; Ongar
  • Province: Canterbury

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