Chigwell: Worthies

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A History of the County of Essex: Volume 4, Ongar Hundred. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1956.

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WORTHIES (fn. 1)

James Basire (1769-1822), engraver, lived and died at Chigwell Row. His eldest son James (1796-1869), also an engraver, was born there. Samuel Bellin (1799- 1893), another engraver, spent his early life at Burnt House in Pudding Lane. Henrietta Lady Chatterton (1806-76), miscellaneous writer, lived at Rolls from 1852 to 1855. Roger Fenton (1565-1616), theological writer and one of the translators of the Authorized Version of the Bible, was Vicar of Chigwell 1606-16. Samuel Harsnett (1561-1631) is mentioned below (see Church). Admiral Sir Eliab Harvey (1758-1830), who commanded the Téméraire at Trafalgar, was lord of the manor of Barringtons (see above) and lived at Rolls House. He was M.P. for Maldon 1780 and for Essex 1803-12. Richard Hollingworth (1639-1701), Royalist pamphleteer, was Vicar of Chigwell 1690- 1701. Samuel Howitt (1765?-1822), painter and etcher, lived at Chigwell Row in his youth. Admiral Sir Edward Hughes (1720?-94) was lord of the manor of Luxborough and lived at Luxborough House. Joshua Jenour (1755-1853), author, lived at Chigwell Row from 1792 to 1804. (fn. 2) Thomas Johnson (fl. 1718), classical scholar, was headmaster of Harsnett's Grammar School 1715-18. Admiral Richard Lestock (1679?-1746) lived at Chigwell Row 1709-46. William Penn (1644-1718), Quaker and founder of Pennsylvania, was educated at Harsnett's Grammar School. George Robert Rowe (1792-1861), physician and medical writer, lived and practised in Chigwell village from about 1823 and was buried in the churchyard. Helen Maria Williams (1762-1827), authoress, was living at Grange Hill in 1826.


  • 1. For all Worthies see D.N.B.
  • 2. See also Parish Government, below, and E.R.O. D/DEs M80-81.