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A History of the County of Essex: Volume 7.

Originally published by Victoria County History, London, This free content was digitised by double rekeying. All rights reserved.

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The ancient parish of South Ockendon lay 20 miles east of London and 8 miles south-east of Romford. South Ockendon lies in a region of valley gravel. To the east, and to the south at Stifford bridge, the land slopes down to about 15 ft. The road system of South Ockendon has probably changed little since the Middle Ages, except in the south-west of the parish, where building has been going on since the s. East of the main road, both north and south of the village, lanes lead to scattered farms. Evidence of Romano-British occupation has been found near the sites of the Hall and in the neighbourhood of Little Belhus.

Ockendon ward of Thurrock U. Little change occurred in the parish before the s, and even in several of the farm-houses, with alterations and additions, date from the 16th or 17th century. It was restored and converted into flats by the G. Streets Farm, on West Road, is a 17th-century house with an earlyth-century service wing, and Quince Tree Farm, in South Street, the former Poyntz manor-house, is of the 16th and 17th century.

Of the buildings around the village green, the oldest, apart from the church, is the Royal Oak. The north cross-wing and part of the hall range are late medieval; the rest dates from the 17th century or later. Other 17th-century buildings have been demolished in the 20th century, but two timber-framed houses of that period remain in South Street.

They ad a symmetrical terrace of brick-fronted early19th-century cottages, which formerly had semicircular he to the doorways and windows but are now mutilated by shop-fronts. The Red Lion was apparently the hub of village life in the early 19th century.

In a Red Lion friendly society was established; fn. In the s the pattern of village life changed.

Between the railway and South Street the L. Among the notables of the parish were Sir Richard Saltonstall c. It then appears to have contained 11 hides. In the tenant in chief was Geoffrey de Mandeville, who had acquired the manor by exchange.

The last earl's daughter, Eleanor d. Their daughter Anne apparently retained the overlordship of various Essex manors, including South Ockendon, untilwhen an agreement with her cousin Henry V let him choose the earldom of Essex as part of his share of the Bohun-Mandeville inheritance.

By William Doo D'Ou possessed the manor. Denis for life, and in after St. Denis's death he had some difficulty in recovering the manor from the escheator.

Philip de la Rochelle d. Sir Maurice's son died before his father, inleaving two daughters, Alice and Elizabeth.

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Alice d. Elizabeth d. The division of the manor was completed in Kingsman died in He had disinherited his son Petre for making an unsuitable marriage, and left his estates to a cousin Josiah Kingsman. At the time of the sale inthe manor of South Ockendon Hall, with a. John Cliff died inand his widow Hannah in The estate was then sold for the benefit of his heirs. As late as the original South Ockendon Hall stood within the moat just over the bridge in the NW.

The modern Hall, to the west, was built c.

The estate descended in the Goodere family until Stewart, a nephew of the last John Goodere. After the Overend, Gurney bank failure, they were sold in on behalf of Henry E. Gurney —his third son.

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The estate was sold in along with the other Benyon lands in Essex. The present Groves farm-house is a 19th-century building. It stands on the main road from Brentwood to Grays Thurrock on the site formerly occupied by Colecarters farm-house, and at the head of the lane leading east to the Groves Barns. The last named include two timber-framed barns ed by a brick wall with an arched central gateway of c.

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None of that house survives, but its site can be seen in the field, which is partly surrounded by remains of a moat, to the south of the farm buildings. In the house was the largest in the parish, with 22 hearths. It has been suggested that, here as elsewhere, the name denotes land held anciently by a money rent. In Mollands was part of the demesne of the manor of South Ockendon Hall.

He had ly settled Mollands on his wife Jane d. The subsequent descent of Mollands has not been traced untilwhen the estate was sold by William Bayley of Stepney Mdx. Mollands passed in succession to Bryan's son Guy d. In they sold the farm to the tenant, R. Manning, who offered it for sale with a. Little Mollands, with a.

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Francis O. Buckland, of Lower Sloane St. In she sold Little Mollands to the tenant, R. Great Mollands is a lateth-century farm-house with 18th-century and recent additions. A large brick barn probably dates from the 18th century. The manorial demesne lay about a half mile south of the village, on the west side of the present South Street. It can be traced from c.

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The farm-house is largely of the 17th century, but part of the North wing is of the early 16th century. The Domesday manor of South Ockendon probably occupied the same area as the modern parish. In the manor was thriving. The large of bordars 34 in50 in may indicate, as at West Ham and Cranham, that forest was being cleared.

The location of their pastures is nowhere indicated, but the manor was said to have pasture, probably marshpasture outside the main manorial holding, for sheep.

From the Middle Ages farming in South Ockendon has been chiefly arable. In the manor had a.

There were 13 holdings of more than 20 a. Three farms had between a. From to the s members of the Sturgeon family farmed at the Hall. Sturgeon d.

There had been little change by Cultivated land then comprised a. There were still 12 holdings of more than 20 a. Manning's '5 farms' a.

The presence of a mill in South Ockendon was first recorded in