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Latchingdon   is on the north side of the vale of the Crouch, 6 miles South South East of Maldon, and 13 miles East South East of Chelmsford, is mostly in the united parishes of Latchingdon and Snoreham, and partly in Purleigh parish. The inn commonly called "Latchingdon Lion," is in Snoreham; and the neat and commodious Police Station, where the magistrates hold petty sessions for Dengie Hundred, every alternate Wednesday, stands in Purleigh parish, and was built in 1842, at the cost of £1750. This building has a large magistrates' room, and accommodations for the superintendent and two police constables. William Codd, Esq., of Maldon, is clerk to the magistrates.


The village is a great thoroughfare between Maldon and Burnham and Southminster. The parish of Latchingdon has 372, and that of Snoreham 211 inhabitants, and they comprise together about 4060 acres, including part of Bridge Marsh, an island in the river Crouch, containing about 450 acres, two-thirds of which are in Latchingdon, and one-third in Althorne parish. Ecclesiastically they are separate parishes, but they are united for the support of the poor and roads.

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