High Ongar

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High Ongar
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St Mary, High Ongar
High Ongar is located in Essex
High Ongar
High Ongar
Location within Essex
Population1,171 [1]
Civil parish
  • High Ongar
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Historic countyEssex
Post townONGAR
Postcode districtCM5
Dialling code01277
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°42′32″N 0°15′51″E / 51.708949°N 0.264273°E / 51.708949; 0.264273Coordinates: 51°42′32″N 0°15′51″E / 51.708949°N 0.264273°E / 51.708949; 0.264273

High Ongar is a village and civil parish in the County of Essex, England. It is located a mile (1½ km) north-east of Chipping Ongar, 8 miles (13 km) west of Chelmsford and 6 miles (10 km) north-west of Brentwood.

The village of High Ongar has existed since the beginning of the 17th century, although in the Middle Ages it was probably no more than a tiny hamlet.[2] The oldest surviving house in the village is the timber-framed and weather-boarded building immediately east of the church, known as Post Office Cottages. This dates from the late 16th or early 17th century and may have been built as the rectory. Part of it was at one time used as a "lock-up".

The most prominent building within High Ongar's Conservation Area is the parish church of St. Mary the Virgin, which is listed Grade I. The church dates from the mid-12th century although it was extended and restored in the 19th century.[3] Thomas Chase, former Lord Chancellor of Ireland and Chancellor of Oxford (died 1449) spent his last years as vicar here.[4]

Other listed buildings in the area include: High Ongar Primary School (1871); the Forrester's Arms (late 18th century); the Cucina Italiana (opened in September 2014) formerly The Red Lion (mid-17th century); Sanuk Thai restaurant (mid-17th century) formerly the Rectory built in 1767 by Edward Earle; and Nos.1, 2 and 3 Blacksmiths' cottages (late 17th century).[5]


  1. ^ [1] Epping Forest DC Census
  2. ^ Plea Rolls of the Court of Common Pleas; CP 40/892; in 1485; http://aalt.law.uh.edu/AALT3/R3/CP40no892/bCP40no892dorses/IMG_0666.htm; 4th entry, appearing as "Alta Aoungr"
  3. ^ Historic England. "CHURCH OF ST MARY THE VIRGIN (1111302)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 April 2014.
  4. ^ Ball, F. Elrington The Judges in Ireland 1221-1921 John Murray London 1926
  5. ^ [2] Archived 23 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine Epping Forest DC Planning

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