Post Office, East Hanningfield, c.1960Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of East Hanningfield >> East Hanningfield Snippets
When researching for this website we often find a little snippet of information on a location or subject which may be of interest. Some are quirky, some show that there is nothing new in this world, and some about the attitudes and morals of the time. [index to snippets] Here's one for East Hanningfield about the parish boundary.
Jackson's Oxford Journal 20 November 1830
A curious question arose, a few days since, at the Chelmsford Petty Sessions, in a case of settlement from East Hanningfield, an respected an elderley woman who had become chargable to that parish.
It appeared that her husband formerley occupied a farm situate in the parishes of Great Baddow and East Hanningfield. The boundaries of Great Baddow parish, it appeared, passed through the room in which the pauper and her husband slept, and divided the bed in the centre. The occupier of the bed, by lying on one side, would be in Baddow parish, but if he only turned himself, and lay on the other side of the bed, he instantly became an inhabitant of East Hanningfield
The question to be decided was, on which side of the bed the husband slept, for by that circumstance his settlement would be determined. The Bench seemed to think that, according to the boundary laid down by Great Baddow, the greater part of the bedstead stood in that parish, and an order of removal was made.
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East Hanningfield - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
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