Hawkwell

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Hawkwell is the second largest village and civil parish in the district of Rochford in Essex, England Rayleigh being the largest. The 2001 census gave a population for the parish of 11,231.

Hawkwell is mentioned in the Domesday Book, but not as 'Hawkwell', it is Hacuuella or Hechuuella.[1]

The parish includes the village itself, and also much larger suburban developments in the east (running into Rochford) and the west (running into Hockley). East and West Hawkwell are divided by the London to Southend railway line. The White Hart Public House is no longer within Hawkwell since boundary changes and the only public house within Hawkwell is The Victory Inn.

The parish church of St Mary the Virgin is located amidst fields between the two centres of population. The building is Grade II listed, and is largely from the fourteenth century, with the addition of a fifteenth-century bell turret and some other alterations. It was restored in the nineteenth century, and includes twentieth century stained glass in the south and east windows.[2] The building was damaged during a bombing raid on 15 September 1940. The concrete and asbestos vestry on the north side was removed in the 1990s, and was replaced by a north aisle, vestry and office constructed in a style to match the rest of the building. The extension nearly doubled the size of the building, and was opened in July 1996.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Margaret Chambers. "The History of Hawkwell". Hawkwell Residents Association. Retrieved 2011-03-22. 
  2. ^ English Heritage. "Details from listed building database (122978)". Images of England.  Church of St Mary the Virgin, Hawkwell

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Coordinates: 51°35′24″N 0°40′19″E / 51.5899°N 0.6719°E / 51.5899; 0.6719