Elmstead, Essex

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Elmstead is located in Essex
Location within Essex
Population1,855 (2011)
Civil parish
  • Elmstead
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townColchester
Postcode districtCO7
EU ParliamentEast of England
List of places
51°52′26″N 0°58′30″E / 51.874°N 0.975°E / 51.874; 0.975Coordinates: 51°52′26″N 0°58′30″E / 51.874°N 0.975°E / 51.874; 0.975
Elmstead Church

Elmstead is a village and civil parish in the Tendring district, in the English county of Essex. In 2001 the population of the civil parish of Elmstead was 1,898,[1] decreasing to 1,855 at the 2011 Census.[2]

Parish Church of St Anne and St Laurence[edit]

The Church of England parish church is dedicated to Saint Anne, the mother of the Virgin Mary and Saint Lawrence of Rome, a leader of the Early Church and a martyr. The main parts of the church have been dated to around 1310; a South Chapel was added about 20 years later. The early 14th century tower only rises one and a half stories and was never completed. The south wall of the chancel has a squint or "leper window";[3] these were popularly supposed to have been used by people infected by leprosy to receive Holy Communion; however, their exact purpose is unknown.[4] On the sill of East window, there is an oak effigy of knight in chainmail armour with a pointed bascinet helmet,[3] perhaps depicting Lawrence de Tany, who died 1317.[5] The Church provides Sunday Services, a Children's Sunday School and is available for use as a wedding venue. The listed building is surrounded by a small cemetery.

Nearby settlements[edit]

Nearby settlements include the towns of Colchester and Wivenhoe and the villages of Alresford and Elmstead Market.


For transport there is the A120 road and the A133 road nearby.


  1. ^ http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadTableView.do?a=3&b=794637&c=elmstead&d=16&e=15&g=447054&i=1001x1003x1004&m=0&r=1&s=1308856571788&enc=1&dsFamilyId=779
  2. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  3. ^ a b An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Essex, Volume 3: North East (1922), Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, (pp. 94-96 Elmstead), Date Accessed:14 November 2014.
  4. ^ Curl, James Stevens (1999), A Dictionary of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-860678-9 (pp. 441 & 459)
  5. ^ "I/Mb 132/1/5 Photograph: Oak Effigy, perhaps of Lawrence de Tany, died 1317, in Elmstead Church". seax.essexcc.gov.uk. Essex Record Office. Retrieved 14 November 2014.
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