Ovington, Essex

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St Mary's Church

Ovington is a small village in north Essex, England. The village is situated about three miles (5 km) from the village of Clare. It consists of St. Mary's Church, and a few houses. There is the air traffic of Ridgewell Airfield. (Usually gliders and sometimes military training exercises.) The population of the village is included in the civil parish of Tilbury Juxta Clare.

The earliest mention of this place is in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it is mentioned together with Hedingham Castle and listed amongst the lands given to Roger Bigod[1] by the King. The land given to Roger[2] included 24 acres (97,000 m2) of meadow that was (in total) valued at four pounds.


  1. ^ Domesday Book: A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 2003. p. 1036 ISBN 0-14-143994-7
  2. ^ Roger Bigod held a number of manors including a large number in Suffolk and Norfolk given to him by the King. These included obviously Ovington, but also included Pebmarsh, Sible Hedingham and the area of Belchamp.

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Coordinates: 52°03′07″N 0°34′39″E / 52.052015°N 0.577555°E / 52.052015; 0.577555