Stock shown within Essex
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|EU Parliament||East of England|
Stock is a village and civil parish in south Essex, England. It is about 6 miles (10 km) south of Chelmsford, the county town. The village is in the borough of Chelmsford and in the parliamentary constituency of Maldon.
There are four pubs in the village: The Bear, The Hoop, The Cock Inn and The Baker's Arms and two other pubs on the outskirts, the Ship near West Hanningfield and the King's Head near Billericay and Buttsbury. There is a post office and general store, an Italian restaurant and an off licence.
The origins of the village are uncertain and are subject to debate. Archaeological finds suggest that during the Iron Age period there was a settlement on the site. The Domesday Book of 1086 does not mention Stock. Formerly half of the village was in the parish of Buttsbury and the parish had within its boundaries a hamlet which was a detached part of Orsett. Both of these anomalies have now been resolved.
The poet Thomas Cowper (pronounced Cooper) was a friend of Willam Unwin, who was the rector from 1769 to 1787. Thomas Cowper poem that is most connected with Stock is Tithing Time at Stock or the Yearly Distress.
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