Stock is a village and parish in the Chelmsford hundred of Essex. It is about six miles south of Chelmsford, the county town. The civil parish incorporates the ancient parish of Buttsbury (including the northern half of Stock village) and a detached part of that of Orsett.
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 also a Church of England primary school.
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.
The poet Thomas Cowper (pronounced Cooper) was a friend of Willam Unwin, who was the rector from 1769 to 1787. Thomas Cowper poem that is most connected with Stock is Tithing Time at Stock or the Yearly Distress.
Admiral Sir Vernon Haggard lived in the village.
- "Civil Parish population 2011". http://www.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk/dissemination/LeadKeyFigures.do?a=7&b=11129084&c=CM4+9DP&d=16&e=62&g=6424003&i=1001x1003x1032x1004&m=0&r=0&s=1442843753368&enc=1. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
- Memories of Stock
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