Coordinates: 51°50′38″N 0°56′49″E / 51.844°N 0.947°E / 51.844; 0.947
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St. Andrew's church, Fingringhoe
Fingringhoe is located in Essex
Location within Essex
Population770 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTM029203
Civil parish
  • Fingringhoe [2]
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townColchester
Postcode districtCO5
Dialling code01206
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°50′38″N 0°56′49″E / 51.844°N 0.947°E / 51.844; 0.947

Fingringhoe is a village and civil parish in the City of Colchester district of Essex, England. The centre of the village is classified as a conservation area, featuring a traditional village pond and red telephone box. The Roman River flows nearby before entering the River Colne.[3] It has been noted frequently on lists of unusual place names.[4] The village's name actually derives from its geographic circumstances: it sits at the confluence of the smaller Roman River and the River Colne. A "hoe" refers to a jutting out piece of land while "finger" describes an elongated finger-like land extension. "Ing" is a common toponym in the UK referring to "peoples". As such, the name refers to the "people living on the land jutting out into the river".


Fingringhoe Wick[edit]

Fingringhoe is locally known for its salt marshes, which provide habitats for many birds and salt-water animals. These form part of the Fingringhoe Wick Nature Reserve managed by Essex Wildlife Trust.[3]


Roman port[edit]

During the 1st Century AD Fingringhoe was home to a river port which serviced the nearby provincial capital of Roman Britain at Camulodunum (modern Colchester).[5][6] Given the lack of a known road between Fingringhoe and Colchester, it is likely that seagoing vessels stopped in Fingringhoe, where their cargo was transferred to smaller riverboats.[7]

Middle Ages[edit]

A manor located at Fingringhoe was donated by Henry I of England to the Norman abbey of Saint-Ouen at Rouen.[8]


Fingringhoe is mentioned in Lemon Jelly's "Ramblin' Man" and is in the top 20 list of "rude names" from the book Rude Britain.

Fingringhoe is one of many British towns and villages referenced in Karl Marx's Das Kapital as part of "Illustrations of the General Law of Capitalist Accumulation".[9]

In 2009, an unexploded World War Two bomb was disarmed in the village.


St. Andrew's Church[edit]

A prominent feature in the centre of the village, the north wall of St. Andrew's Church dates back to the 12th century.[10]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Archived from the original on 30 September 2015. Retrieved 29 September 2015.
  2. ^ "FPC".
  3. ^ a b M.P.B. Fautley; J.H. Garon (1 July 2004). Essex Coastline: Then and Now. Matthew Fautley. p. 46. ISBN 978-0-9548010-0-7. Retrieved 17 July 2012.
  4. ^ Parker, Quentin (2010). Welcome to Horneytown, North Carolina, Population: 15: An insider's guide to 201 of the world's weirdest and wildest places. Adams Media. pp. ix. ISBN 9781440507397.
  5. ^ "Iron-Age and Roman Colchester", A History of the County of Essex: Volume 9: The Borough of Colchester (1994): 2-18, Janet Cooper, C R Elrington (Editors), A P Baggs, Beryl Board, Philip Crummy, Claude Dove, Shirley Durgan, N R Goose, R B Pugh, Pamela Studd, C C Thornton.. British History Online. Web. 01 June 2014
  6. ^ Crummy, Philip (1997) City of Victory; the story of Colchester - Britain's first Roman town. Published by Colchester Archaeological Trust (ISBN 1 897719 04 3)
  7. ^ "Fingringhoe Wick (Beacon) Port". Roman Britain. Retrieved 16 June 2023.
  8. ^ Véronique Gazeau, Normannia monastica: Prosopographie des abbés bénédictins (Xe siècle-XIIe siècle), Publications du CRAHM, Caen, 2007.
  9. ^ Karl Marx, Samuel Moore (Translator), Edward Aveling (Translator) (15 December 2009). Das Kapital. MobileReference. p. 853. ISBN 978-1-60501-933-8. Retrieved 17 July 2012. {{cite book}}: |author= has generic name (help)CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  10. ^ James Bettley; Nikolaus Pevsner (2 August 2007). Essex. Yale University Press. p. 362. ISBN 978-0-300-11614-4. Retrieved 17 July 2012.

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