Fordham, Essex

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All Saints church

Fordham is a village and a civil parish in the Colchester District of the English county of Essex, six miles north-west of the town of Colchester. It has a population of about 800. The parish includes the nearby hamlets of Fordham Heath and Hemp's Green.

Features and facilities[edit]

Fordham is bounded to the south by the River Colne. It has a post office, a school, a place of worship and a historic pub, The Three Horseshoes. Another pub also in a historic building, The Shoulder of Mutton, closed in March 2013. There is an annual fair held every year on the first Saturday of July, and a vehicle show on the second Sunday of August. An area of 500 acres in the parish was turned over for future woodland to the Woodland Trust in 2001.[1]


All Saints' Anglican Church dates from about 1340 and is a Grade I listed building.[2] It was restored in 1861. There was also a chapel of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion in the village in the 19th century.[3]

Among the past rectors of the parish of Fordham was Roger Walden (died 1406), who was briefly Archbishop of Canterbury and then Bishop of London.[4] The noted classical scholar Thomas Twining of the tea-merchant family held the curacy of the church from 1764 until his death in 1804.[5]


  1. ^ Fordham site. Retrieved 1 October 2014
  2. ^ "Name: CHURCH OF ALL SAINTS List entry Number: 1239789". English Heritage. Retrieved 21 April 2014. 
  3. ^ A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  4. ^ Pat Lewis: All Saints Church, Fordham, Essex. Notes on the Rectors, 2009 Retrieved 1 October 2014.; Fryde Handbook of British Chronology, p. 233.
  5. ^ ODNB entry: Retrieved 26 June 2011. Subscription required.

Coordinates: 51°55′22″N 0°48′13″E / 51.9228°N 0.8035°E / 51.9228; 0.8035