South Ockendon is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Alternative names: Ockendon Rokely

Parish church:

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1538
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1639; 1800

Nonconformists include: Independent/Congregational, Roman Catholic, and Wesleyan Methodist.

Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

OCKENDON (South), a village and a parish in Orsett district, Essex. The village stands 3¾ miles NNW of Grays r. station, and 6½ SW of Romford; and has a post-office under Romford. The parish is sometimes called Ockendon-Rokely. Acres, 2, 907. Real property, £6, 349. Pop. in 1851, 1,021; in 1861, 1, 267. Houses, 231. The increase of pop. arose mainly from the con-version of a large farm into a market-garden, and from extensive drainage operations. The property is much subdivided. There are several ancient mounds. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £845. Patron, the Rev. P. Lawrence. The church is ancient; was variously restored, enlarged, and rebuilt in 1866; has a richly carved Norman doorway and a round tower, the latter raised to an additional height of 18 feet in 1866; includes a chapel restored in 1863, and a new chancel built in 1866; cost, for the work done in the latter year, exclusive of the chancel, £2, 173; and contains a canopied brass of Sir J. Bruyn of 1480, and two other brasses. There are chapels for Independents and Wesleyans, and a British school.

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

Parish Records


Poll Books


  • County: Essex
  • Civil Registration District: Orsett
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Essex
  • Diocese: Pre-1846 – London, Post-1845 – Rochester
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1845 – Chafford, Post-1844 – Orsett
  • Poor Law Union: Orsett
  • Hundred: Chafford
  • Province: Canterbury

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