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Bicknacre Village Sign
Bicknacre is located in Essex
Location within Essex
Area0.330 km2 (0.127 sq mi)
Population2,263 (2018 estimate)
• Density6,858/km2 (17,760/sq mi)
OS grid referenceTL788029
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCM3
Dialling code01245
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°41′47″N 0°35′12″E / 51.6964°N 0.5868°E / 51.6964; 0.5868Coordinates: 51°41′47″N 0°35′12″E / 51.6964°N 0.5868°E / 51.6964; 0.5868

Bicknacre is a village in the civil parish of Woodham Ferrers and Bicknacre, in the county of Essex, England. It is approximately 6.5 km (4.0 mi) north of South Woodham Ferrers and 9.2 km (5.7 mi) southeast of the city of Chelmsford. The village is in the borough of Chelmsford and in the parliamentary constituency of Maldon & East Chelmsford. In 2018 it had an estimated population of 2263.[1]

Priory Arch[edit]

Bicknacre Priory Arch
St.Giles Churchyard

There was a hermitage on this site until around the end of 1154, when it was converted into a priory for the Black Canons, an order of Augustinian Canons. It was known as Wodeham Priory until 1235 when the name Bicknacre first occurs.

The arch is all that remains of the 12th century Bicknacre Priory. It comprises the west arch of the crossing of the church with attached fragments of the nave and north transept.[2] The Arch and the surrounding fields, known as Priory Fields, are looked after by a voluntary group, called Friends of Priory Fields.


The St Giles Home for British Lepers no longer exists, but St. Giles Churchyard, which is marked as an Essex Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve is in Moor Hall Lane. It is rumoured that the church is haunted by a man buried in the graveyard. His name remains unknown.

Notable people[edit]

Notable people from the village include; Richard Robarts, a former Formula One driver, and the artist Daniel West. The artist Grayson Perry lived in the village for part of his childhood. Joe Pettit, writer of the multi-award winning short film Yout also lived in the Bicknacre, Chodesford.[3]



  1. ^ "Bicknacre". City Population De. Retrieved 11 October 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Arch | Priory Fields". Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  3. ^ Martin Green (10 October 2011). "Grayson Perry interview - 'If I had not been an artist, I'd probably be a serial killer'". Essex Chronicle. Retrieved 18 May 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)[permanent dead link]

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