In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Bocking like this:
BOCKING, a village, a parish, and a subdistrict, in Braintree district, Essex. The village stands on the left bank of Blackwater river, and on the Braintree railway, adjacent to Braintree; forms a suburb of that town; consists chiefly of one long street; and is a seat of petty sessions. A trade in baizes, called "bockings," was at one time prominent; and a manufacture of silk and crape is now carried on. The parish includes also Bocking-street and Bocking-Church-street, ¾ and 2 miles distant from Braintree, both with post offices under that town, and the former situated on the branch Roman road from Chelmsford. ...
Acres, 4,607. Real property, £15,156. Pop., 3,555. Houses, 768. The property is much subdivided. The man or was given by Ethelred to the see of Canterbury; and belongs now to the corporation of the sons of the clergy. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £923.* Patron, the Archbishop of Canterbury. The church is early English; had anciently three altars and five chantries; and contains some monuments and two brasses. There are an Independent chapel, much improved in 1869, a charity school with £50, and other charities with £172. Dr. Dale, the author of "Pharmacologia," was a native. The subdistrict contains five parishes. Acres, 11,507. Pop., 5,281. Houses, 1,171.
A Vision of Britain through Time includes a large library of local statistics for administrative units. For the best overall sense of how the area containing Bocking has changed, please see our redistricted information for the modern district of Braintree. More detailed statistical data are available under Units and statistics, which includes both administrative units covering Bocking and units named after it.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Bocking, in Braintree and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 29th March 2015
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