Woodham Walter

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Coordinates: 51°43′55″N 0°37′05″E / 51.732°N 0.618°E / 51.732; 0.618

Woodham Walter
Woodham Walter is located in Essex
Woodham Walter
Woodham Walter
 Woodham Walter shown within Essex
Population 1,150 
OS grid reference TL808070
District Maldon
Shire county Essex
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Maldon
Postcode district CM9 6
Dialling code 01245 & 01621
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Witham
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Woodham Walter is a village about three miles west of Maldon in the English county of Essex. The village is part of the Wickham Bishops and Woodham ward of the Maldon district.[1]


The village was first recorded as "Wudeham" in c. 875.[citation needed] The name, which means "village in the wood"[2] is derived from the old English words "wudu" (wood in modern English)[3] and "ham" (home, or homestead).[citation needed] 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[4]

There is evidence of earlier settlement. A hoard of silver coins was found in the village, dated to c. 700.[5] At Oak Farm in 1991 three gold and bronze torcs were discovered. They have been dated to c. 1000 BC.

The Domesday Book entry for Woodham Walter lists a population of 18.[citation needed]

Local amenities[edit]

There are three public houses, the Bell Inn, the Queen Victoria and The Cats. There is a Post Office and village shop on The Street.[citation needed]


There is one school in the village, Woodham Walter Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School. There are c. 75 students[6]

Religious sites[edit]

St Michael's, Woodham Walter

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.[7] It is constructed of red brick.


External links[edit]

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