Fordham is a village and civil parish in the Colchester district of the English county of Essex, six miles north-west of the town of Colchester. It has a population measured at 835 in the 2011 Census. The parish includes the nearby hamlets of Fordham Heath and Hemp's Green.
Amenities and events
The village has a post office and a historic pub called The Three Horseshoes. Another pub, The Shoulder of Mutton is also in Fordham parish. It stands on the main Colchester–Halstead Road, near the bridge over the Colne replacing the ford that gave the hamlet of Fordstreet its name.
Fordham offers primary education at All Saints Church of England Primary School.
The village hosts a fair every year on the first Saturday of July, and a vehicle show on the second Sunday of August.
Places of worship
All Saints' Church dates from about 1340 and is a Grade I listed building dating mainly from the 14th century. There was a chapel of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion in the village in the 19th century.
In birth order:
- Roger Walden (died 1406) held Fordham as one of several church benefices. He was later briefly Archbishop of Canterbury, then Bishop of London.
- John Owen (1616–1683), a Nonconformist, held the benefice of Fordham in 1642–46 as a Calvinist, but was not then appointed rector.
- Thomas Twining (1735–1804), a noted classical scholar and a member of the tea-merchant family, held the curacy of the church from 1764 until his death.
- Digger Kettle (1922–1999), a professional footballer who appeared 145 times for Colchester United, died in Fordham.
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- ODNB entry: Retrieved 26 June 2011. Subscription required.
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