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Hockley is located in Essex
Location within Essex
Population9,616 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ826924
Civil parish
  • Hockley
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHOCKLEY
Postcode districtSS5
Dialling code01702
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°36′05″N 0°38′11″E / 51.6014°N 0.6363°E / 51.6014; 0.6363Coordinates: 51°36′05″N 0°38′11″E / 51.6014°N 0.6363°E / 51.6014; 0.6363

Hockley is a large village and civil parish in Essex in the East of England located between Chelmsford and Southend-on-Sea, or, more specifically, between Rayleigh and Rochford. It came to prominence during the coming of the railway in the 1890s[2] and at the 2001 census had a population of 13,616 people,[3] reducing to 9,616 at the 2011 Census,[1] many of whom commute to London. The parish of Hockley itself has a population of 8,909 (2001 census), while the urban area runs into the neighbouring parish of Hawkwell. Hockley railway station serves the village.


Hockley is an Anglo Saxon word meaning a small hill and today there is still a large wooded area named Hockley Woods. Notable buildings in the village include the church of St Peter and Paul, which has a nave which was possibly built before the twelfth century, a thirteenth-century chancel and a fourteenth-century tower, the upper half of which is octagonal and was built at a later date. The tower holds three bells, manufactured by Miles Gray in 1626, by James Bartlett in 1684 and by John Hodgson in 1657, and the building is Grade II* listed.[4] The church is situated to the north-west of the village centre, where the Grade II listed Spa Pump Room is situated. The building was built as a spa to a design by James Lockyer in 1842, after Robert Clay found a medicinal spring there in 1838.[5] Hockley is also the site of the former Bullwood Hall prison which closed in 2013.[6]

Plumberow Mount, a Roman burial mound,[7] which was excavated in 1913, by Mr. E. B. Francis. At the time, there was a summer house on the top of the mound, and so trenches were cut on three sides. The excavation found a Roman coin of Domitian and some Saxon pottery which may indicate a secondary burial. The oval mound is 14 feet (4.3 m) high, and 76 feet (23 m) in diameter, with a flattened top, where the summerhouse was located.[8] Since 2005, the mound has been surrounded by a metal fence to protect it from erosion, and a number of trees which were growing on or near it were cut down at the same time.[9]


Hockley is split into three wards.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Hockley Parish Local Area Report". nomisweb.co.uk. Office for National Statistics. 2011. Retrieved 30 January 2019 – via Durham University.
  2. ^ "Hockley Parish Council website: History". Hockley-essex.gov.uk. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Entry for K80403 Hockley". Office for National Statistics. Archived from the original on 8 February 2007. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  4. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1112667)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 22 March 2011. Church of St Peter and St Paul, Hockley
  5. ^ Historic England. "Details from listed building database (1112670)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 22 March 2011. Hockley Spa Rooms
  6. ^ Danny Shaw (10 January 2013). "BBC News - Seven prison closures in England announced". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  7. ^ "Plumberow Mount". Geograph. 27 July 2006. Retrieved 3 May 2013.
  8. ^ Historic England. "Plumberow Mount (419159)". PastScape. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  9. ^ "Plumberow Mount". The Megalithic Portal. Retrieved 22 March 2011.
  10. ^ "Hockley Parish Council: Council Members". Essexinfo.net. 11 May 2012. Retrieved 3 May 2013.

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