Stock, Essex

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Stock mill.jpg
Stock Windmill
Stock is located in Essex
Location within Essex
Population2,100 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTQ6998
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townIngatestone
Postcode districtCM4
Dialling code01277
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°39′45″N 0°26′38″E / 51.6626°N 0.4440°E / 51.6626; 0.4440Coordinates: 51°39′45″N 0°26′38″E / 51.6626°N 0.4440°E / 51.6626; 0.4440

Stock is a village and civil parish[2] in south Essex, England. It is about 6 miles (10 km) south of Chelmsford, the county town. The village is in the borough of Chelmsford and in the parliamentary constituency of Maldon.

The village[edit]

The village has three churches: the Church of England parish church of All Saints, the Catholic Church of Our Lady and St Joseph and Christ Church (Free).

There are three pubs in the village: The Bear, The Hoop, and The Baker's Arms and two other pubs on the outskirts, the Ship near West Hanningfield and the King's Head near Billericay and Buttsbury. There is a post office and general store, a tapas restaurant and Coffee shop. There is a hotel, bar and restaurant called the Harvard.

There is a Church of England primary school, which is rated as "good" by Ofsted.[3]


The village has a direct link to the A12 trunk road via the B1007. There are bus services to Chelmsford, Lakeside, Wickford and Basildon.


The origins of the village are uncertain and are subject to debate. Archaeological finds suggest that during the Iron Age period there was a settlement on the site. The Domesday Book of 1086 does not mention Stock.

The first documentary evidence of the settlement dates from the 13th century. Until the 16th century the village was known as Hereward Stock/Stoke, or variations thereof.[4]

Formerly half of the village was in the parish of Buttsbury and the parish had within its boundaries a hamlet which was a detached part of Orsett. Both of these anomalies have now been resolved.[citation needed]

Notable residents[edit]

The poet William Cowper (pronounced Cooper) was a friend of Willam Unwin, who was the rector from 1769 to 1787. The Cowper poem that is most closely connected with Stock is Tithing Time at Stock or the Yearly Distress.[citation needed]

Admiral Sir Vernon Haggard lived in the village.[5]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Parish Councils". Chelmsford District Council. October 2006. Retrieved 14 March 2007.
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  5. ^ Memories of Stock

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