Woodham Walter

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Woodham Walter
St. Michael; the parish church of Woodham Walter - geograph.org.uk - 733815.jpg
St Michael's, Woodham Walter
Woodham Walter is located in Essex
Woodham Walter
Woodham Walter
Location within Essex
Population532 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTL808070
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townMaldon
Postcode districtCM9 6
Dialling code01245 & 01621
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°43′55″N 0°37′05″E / 51.732°N 0.618°E / 51.732; 0.618Coordinates: 51°43′55″N 0°37′05″E / 51.732°N 0.618°E / 51.732; 0.618

Woodham Walter is a village about three miles west of Maldon in the English county of Essex. The village is part of the Wickham Bishops and Woodham ward of the Maldon district.[2]


The village was first recorded as "Wudeham" in c. 875.[citation needed] The name, which means "village in the wood"[3] is derived from the Old English words wudu (wood in modern English)[4] and ham (home, or homestead).[citation needed] The modern name may derive from the Fitzwalter family who owned Woodham Walter Hall, a moated manor house in the village for many generations. The house was demolished in the 17th century by William Fytch.[5]

There is evidence of earlier settlement. A hoard of silver coins was found in the village, dated to c. 700.[6] At Oak Farm in 1991 three gold and bronze torcs were discovered; they have been dated to c. 1000 BC.

The Domesday Book entry for Woodham Walter lists a population of 18.[citation needed]

Local amenities[edit]

The Queen Victoria pub

There are three public houses, the Bell Inn, the Queen Victoria and The Cats.


There is one school in the village, Woodham Walter Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School. There are c. 75 students.[7]

Religious sites[edit]

Thomas, Earl of Sussex, obtained a licence from Elizabeth I on 26 June 1562 to build the new parish church of St Michael the Archangel. It was largely completed (of red brick) in 1563 and consecrated on 30 April 1564, making it probably England's first new post-Reformation Church of England place of worship.[8]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2015". Retrieved 23 September 2015.
  2. ^ Maldon District Council entry for Woodham Walter
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H. & Wilson, R.M. (1958). A Dictionary of English Surnames. Routledge. p. 3480. ISBN 0-415-05737-X. Retrieved 2012-10-22.
  4. ^ Jones, Graham & Langton, John. "Woodland Terns in Place Names". St Johns College Research Centre, University of Oxford. Retrieved 2012-10-22.
  5. ^ Unlocking Essex Ruins of Old Woodham Walter Hall
  6. ^ British Museum: Silver pennies from the Woodham Walter hoard
  7. ^ Schoolsnet entry for Woodham Walter Primary School
  8. ^ St. Michael the Archangel, Woodham Walter.

External links[edit]

Media related to Woodham Walter at Wikimedia Commons