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Stondon Massey is a village in south Essex. It is situated to the north of Brentwood, between Blackmore and Doddinghurst. The village possesses a rural feel to it, and in its first entry to the 'Best kept village in Essex' competition, won 'Best New Entry'.
Stondon Massey hosts an annual Village Fete on the village green.
Etymology and history
Stondon means ‘ stone hill’, a Saxon settlement was established near to the site of the 12th Century church of St Peter’s & St Paul’s, where William Byrd, the Tudor composer was buried. A low gravel hill was known as a ‘down’. Hence the name Stondon. Massey is derived from Serlo de Marci, a Norman knight who lived in Ongar.
Stondon Massey is still mainly rural, but there has been a good deal of suburban building during the past 30 years.
There have been three successive manor houses, the oldest of which is Stondon Hall, near the church. The north wing of the Hall is probably of the 15th century, and there is some 16th and 17th century panelling inside.
Stondon Place, originally a farmhouse, was rebuilt about 1707, and again after a fire, about 1880. From 1593 to 1623, it was the home of William Byrd, the musician.
The church of St Peter and St Paul retains the nave and chancel and some of the original round-headed arches of 1100. There is a brass of 1570 to John Carre, Ironmonger and Merchant Adventurer of London, with figures of himself and his two wives, and another, of 1573, to Rainold Hollingsworth.
Nathaniel Ward, Rector of Stondon from 1623 to 1633, was deprived of his living for non-conformity. He subsequently emigrated to New England and helped draft the 1641 Code of Laws for Massachusetts.
The main part of the village is now just over a mile to the south of the church probably due to the plague of 1350.
The village forms part of the 'Tipps Cross' ward of Brentwood Council. It also forms part of the 'Five Parishes'. These are Stondon Massey, Blackmore, Kelvedon Hatch, Navestock and Doddinghurst. These are all covered by the voluntary first aiders, The Five parishes First response.
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