St Michael's, Woodham Walter
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The village was first recorded as "Wudeham" in c. 875. The name, which means "village in the wood" is derived from the old English words "wudu" (wood in modern English) and "ham" (home, or homestead). 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
There is evidence of earlier settlement. A hoard of silver coins was found in the village, dated to c. 700. 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.
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
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.
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- "Woodland Terns in Place Names". St Johns College Research Centre, University of Oxford. http://info.sjc.ox.ac.uk/forests/Place-Name-Elements.htm. Retrieved 2012-10-22.
- Unlocking Essex Ruins of Old Woodham Walter Hall
- British Museum: Silver pennies from the Woodham Walter hoard
- Schoolsnet entry for Woodham Walter Primary School
- St. Michael the Archangel, Woodham Walter.
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