Great Coggeshall  Essex


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

COGGESHALL, a town and a sub-district in the district of Witham, Essex. The town is chiefly in Great Coggeshall parish, partly in Little Coggeshall; and stands on the Roman road from Colchester, and on the river Blackwater, 2 ½ miles N by W of Kelvedon r. station, and 6 E by S of Braintree. ...

Its site is partly low ground, partly the acclivity of a pleasant hill. A Roman station, either Ad Ansam or Canonium, is supposed by some antiquaries to have been here; and remains of a Roman villa have been found. A Cistertian abbey was founded in the vicinity, within Little Coggeshall parish, and a three-arched bridge built over an adjacent artificial cut of the Blackwater, by King Stephen; and a small part of the abbey still exists. The town has a post office‡ under Kelvedon, two banking offices, two chief inns, a parish church, five dissenting chapels, a free school, and six alms-houses. The church is perpendicular English, with a tower; and was repaired in 1847, and thoroughly renovated in 1854; and a plan for farther improvement on it, at the cost of about £2, 000, was executed in 1864. A weekly market is held on Thursday; and a fair on Whit-Tuesday. There are two silk factories, and a patent isinglass and gelatine factory. Pop., 3, 166. Houses, 714.—The sub-district contains the two Coggeshall parishes and two others. Acres, 7, 634. Pop., 4, 954. Houses, 1, 083.

Great Coggeshall through time

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

How to reference this page:

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


Date accessed: 25th January 2022

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