An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Essex, Volume 2, Central and South west. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1921.

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'Bobbingworth', in An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Essex, Volume 2, Central and South west, (London, 1921) pp. 21-22. British History Online [accessed 20 April 2024]

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(O.S. 6 in. (a)l. N.E. (b)li. N.W. (c)li. S.W.)

Bobbingworth is a small parish 2 m. N.W. of Chipping Ongar.


b(1). Parish Church of St. Germain stands in the middle of the parish. The Nave was re-built or entirely re-faced probably late in the 18th century, and the Chancel was re-built and the Tower added in the 19th century. The Roof of the nave is of uncertain date; it is of the trussed rafter type with one stop-chamfered tie-beam and modern wall-plates.

Fittings—Brasses: In chancel—on N. wall, (1) to William Bourn, 1581, inscription and achievement of arms. On S. wall, (2) to Robert Bourne, 1639; inscription and two shields. Chest: In vestry—iron-bound with shaped feet, four slits for coins, two staples, probably late 17th-century, now painted. Panelling: In nave—on N. and S. walls, dado made up of late 16th-century and later panelling, upper range of panels with raised centres, moulded top rail largely modern. Clerk's desk, next to pulpit, made up of similar panelling. Piscina: In nave—re-set in S. wall, with moulded two-centred arch, jambs with attached shafts having moulded bases and capitals carried along as imposts, 13th-century. Plate: Includes cup of 1635, and paten probably of 1683 inscribed "Bovinger 1684." Pulpit: Of oak, hexagonal, with moulded top and rail, angle-posts with simple arabesque enrichment, panelled sides with plain jewel ornament and upper panels also with arabesques, poor work, early 17th-century.

Condition—Rebuilt, nave poor, owing to subsidence of S. wall.


b(2). Homestead Moat, S.E. of the church.

b(3). Gainthorpes, house and moat, 300 yards N. of the church. The House is of two storeys, timber-framed and covered with rough-cast and weather-boarding; the roofs are tiled. It was built in the 17th century on a rectangular plan with gables at the N. ends of the E. and W. sides. The chimney-stack has diagonal pilaster strips.

The Moat surrounds the house.

Condition—Of house, fairly good.

Monuments (4–8).

The following monuments, unless otherwise described, are of the 17th century and of two storeys, timber-framed and covered with plaster or weather-boarding. The roofs are tiled. Some of the buildings have exposed ceiling-beams, wide fireplaces and original chimney-stacks.

Condition—Good, or fairly good, unless noted.

b(4). Bobbingworth Hall, house, about 100 yards S.W. of the church, has an original outbuilding at the back. Inside the building is an old oak door of moulded battens.

b(5). Newhouse, house, 800 yards N. of the church, was built on a half H-shaped plan with the wings extending towards the N. and with a staircase wing on the N. side. Inside the building is some original panelling.

a(6). Bobbingworth Lodge, house, 1 m. N.W. of the church, has a modern addition in front and has been partly re-faced. The original chimney-stack has six octagonal shafts with moulded bases.

a(7). House, now tenements, at Lower Bobbingworth Green, 1,100 yards W.S.W. of the church.

c(8). Waterend Farm, house, 1 m. S.S.E. of the church, was built on an L-shaped plan with the wing extending towards the W., and has modern additions on the N., W. and S.