Woodham Walter shown within Essex
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Postcode district||CM9 6|
|Dialling code||01245 & 01621|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
The village was first recorded as "Wudeham" in c. 875. The name, which means "village in the wood" is derived from the old English words "wudu" (wood in modern English) and "ham" (home, or homestead). The modern name may derive from the Fitzwalter family who owned a moated manor house in the village for many generations. The house was demolished in the 17th century by William Fytch
There is evidence of earlier settlement. A hoard of silver coins was found in the village, dated to c. 700. At Oak Farm in 1991 three gold and bronze torcs were discovered. They have been dated to c. 1000 BC.
There is one school in the village, Woodham Walter Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School. There are c. 75 students
The parish church is St Michael's. Thomas, Earl of Sussex, obtained a license from Elizabeth I on 26 June 1562 to build the church and it was consecrated on 30 April 1564. It is constructed of red brick.
- Maldon District Council entry for Woodham Walter
- Reaney, P.H. and Wilson, R.M. (1958). A Dictionary of English Surnames. Routledge. p. 3480. ISBN 0-415-05737-X. Retrieved 2012-10-22.
- Jones, Graham and Langton, John. "Woodland Terns in Place Names". St Johns College Research Centre, University of Oxford. Retrieved 2012-10-22.
- Unlocking Essex Woodham Walter Hall excavation
- British Museum: Silver pennies from the Woodham Walter hoard
- Schoolsnet entry for Woodham Walter Primary School
- St Michael's church web site
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