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
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.
All Saints' Anglican Church dates from about 1340 and is a Grade I listed building. It was restored in 1861. There was also a chapel of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion in the village in the 19th century.
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. The noted classical scholar Thomas Twining of the tea-merchant family held the curacy of the church from 1764 until his death in 1804.
- Fordham site. Retrieved 1 October 2014
- "Name: CHURCH OF ALL SAINTS List entry Number: 1239789". English Heritage. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
- A Vision of Britain through Time. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
- Pat Lewis: All Saints Church, Fordham, Essex. Notes on the Rectors, 2009 Retrieved 1 October 2014.; Fryde Handbook of British Chronology, p. 233.
- ODNB entry: Retrieved 26 June 2011. Subscription required.
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