Abberton, Essex

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Abberton is located in Essex
Location within Essex
Population424 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTM007190
Civil parish
  • Abberton
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCO5
Dialling code01206
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°50′01″N 0°54′42″E / 51.8337°N 0.9118°E / 51.8337; 0.9118Coordinates: 51°50′01″N 0°54′42″E / 51.8337°N 0.9118°E / 51.8337; 0.9118
Village sign for Abberton and Langenhoe

Abberton is a village in Essex, England. It is located approximately 0.62 mi (1.00 km) east of Abberton Reservoir and is 4.2 mi (6.8 km) south of Colchester. The village is in the borough of Colchester and in the parliamentary constituency of North Essex. The town is served by Abberton and Langenhoe Parish Council.[2]


The word Abberton is derived from 'Eadburg's estate' (Ēadburge + tūn).[3]


Abberton is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086-87 as Edburghetuna and as Edburgetuna in the Hundred of Winstree, when it was part of the lands of Count Eustace in Essex, held by Ralph de Marcy and further held by Ranulf Peverel in demesne; it was held by Siward, a free man, as a manor in the time of King Edward before the Norman conquest of 1066.[4] It was later recorded as Eadburgetona in 1108, Adbur(u)g(h)(e)ton(e) in 1208–1321, Adburthon in 1280, also Abberton from 1230.[3]

Abberton was among the villages which suffered damage from the 1884 Colchester earthquake: chimneys had fallen to the ground, brick walls had cracked and many side walls of houses had collapsed; the rectory which was being built at the time also suffered considerable damage.[5]


Church of St Andrew, Abberton

The Church at Abberton is St Andrew. It is a Grade II* listed building and originates from at least the 14th century.[6] It is located at the end of Rectory Lane approximately three hundred yards from Abberton Reservoir.


  1. ^ UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Abberton Parish (E04003978)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Parish/Town councils and councillors". Archived from the original on 26 September 2006. Retrieved 21 January 2007.
  3. ^ a b Watts, Victor (2007). The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names. Cambridge University Press. p. 1. ISBN 978-0521168557.
  4. ^ Williams, Ann; G H Martin (2003). Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin. pp. 990, 1025, 1303. ISBN 978-0-14-143994-5.
  5. ^ "Severe Earthquake in Essex and Suffolk - Abberton". Chelmsford Chronicle. No. 6231. 25 April 1884. p. 7. Retrieved 2 March 2019 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  6. ^ Historic England. "CHURCH OF ST ANDREW, Abberton (1110914)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 2 March 2019.

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