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All Saints, Great Oakley, Essex

(51°54′4″N, 1°10′44″E)
Great Oakley
TM 188 273
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Essex
now Essex
medieval London
now Chelmsford
  • Ron Baxter
25 September 2014

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Great Oakley is a village on the Harwich peninsula in NE Essex, 4 miles SW of Harwich. It is a long, narrow settlement that runs along a minor road on the S side of Ramsey Creek, a stream that runs NE towards Harwich, The church stands at the W end of the village and consists of a nave and chancel of pebble and flint rubble with limestone dressings, a W tower of septaria and red brick with a weatherboarded upper storey and a pyramidal roof, and a S porch of red brick. The nave is 12thc (see a blocked round-headed lancet in the N wall), lengthened at a later date, the chancel is early 14thc, and the W tower 15thc, rebuilt in 1766. The only Romanesque feature recorded here is the Purbeck font.


The Domesday Survey does not distinguish between Great and Little Oakly, but records two manors there. The larger, of 10 hides, was held by Aelfric Cempa in 1066 and by Robert Gernon in demesne in 1086. Of this manor, 2 hides were held from Robert by Ralph.

The second manor was held by Eadnoth on 1066 and by Germund from Ralph Baynard in 1086. It was assessed at 5½ hides. A church is mentioned in neither holding.





The EH list description and Bettley and Pevsner call the font 12thc, RCHME narrows it down to the late 12thc.


J. Bettley and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England. Essex, New Haven and London 2007, 417.

English Heritage Listed Building 120263

RCHME, An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Essex, Volume 3: North East (1922),128-29.