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Name of the Village

also included are. . .          Street Names                         &                        House & Farm Names

In 1768 Philip Morant wrote in The History of Essex. . .

How come this place to be dignified with the fine name of Gold we cannot well conceive?

There are several theories as to the origin of the name Goldhanger, and over the centuries, as the English language developed, the name of the village has been spelt many different ways which has led to speculation as to the origin. Some spellings are probably relatively modern typesetting errors or modern misinterpretations of ancient scripts, and today Optical Character Recognition(OCR) provides yet another source of misinterpretation. For example, there are 26 items held in the Essex Records Office with the name Coldhanger which undoubtedly refer to Goldhanger. However many of the forms of spelling appear to be original ways of recording the village name. There is a similar situation for street, house and farm names. With an increasing number of ancient documents on the net, it becomes more important to use some of these variants when searching for historical information. The  Court and newspaper reports  and  Effects of the Reformation  webpages on this site were researched using this method.

In the Doomesday book  Goldhanger was spelt: Goldangra  and  Goldhangram

In Maura Benham's book: Goldhanger-an Estuary Village, published in 1977, several methods of spelling are identified and one origin is put forward. . .

'Goldhanger, Goldanger, Goldangra, Goldangre - the name was spelt in many different ways from the Domesday records to the 19th century. Always the first part was 'gold', and this is said to refer to a yellow flower. For the second part there could be two meanings, 'hanger' a hill, or 'anger' grassland (as in Ongar), and the village being set on flat land, the latter is the more likely. As to the yellow flower, this is thought to be the Corn Marigold,  giving the name the meaning of grassland where the Corn Marigold grows.'


The following ways to spell name have been identified to date (in alphabetic order): 

Caldhangre, Coldanger, Coldangre, Coldhanger, Coldhangre, Galdhangr(e), Goelanger, Golanger,

Gold Anger, Gold Aungre, Gold hanger, Gold Onger, Goldancher, Goldanger, Goldaucher, Goldeanger,

Goldehanger, Goldhangram, Goldhangre, Goldhaunger, Goldheng(re), Goldynger,  Golehangr', Gouldhanger


Some, but not all of these variants, are given in. . . together with their sources.


Early references to the village recognise the Lord of the Manor affiliation with Lt.Totham and refer to...

 Goldhanger-cum-Totham-Parva (Hugo Verdrun, 1375)

Goldhanger-cum-Lt.Totham - (Sammes era, 1600s)

Goldhanger-cum-Capella de Totham (1600s)

Totham-cum-Goldhanger (1700s)


Note: Goldanger with no ' h'  is also a small village in the Salzburg region of Austria, near the town of Wagrin.


In documents from the 1650s emanating from the Revd. Edward Howes, Rector of the Goldhanger and his friend John Winthrop, the then Governor of Massachusetts, the village was spelt Goldancher or Goldaucher, leading to the suggestion that the name is simply a corruption of golden anchor. . .

The title page of a book on mathematics

written by the Revd Howes in 1650

An article about flooding in the Newcastle Courant newspaper of 1736 referred to:

Gold Onger  near Malden in Essex.


Other origins of the name identified are. . .

In  Maldon and the River Blackwater  published in 1898, Edward A Fitch wrote:

. . .still a parish noted for the fertility of its soil, as its names denotes, cf. Dan. Guld

(see Streatfield's Lincolnshire and the Danes p291)  [cf. Dan. = compare with Danish]


. . .and in Lincolnshire and the Danes, published in 1884 by the Revd. G S Streatfeild, page 291 reveals:

Guld is a reference to the fertility of soil, eg  Guldager.

Guldager is a village in northern Denmark near Esbjerg and Ribe, with the geographical coordinates of: 55 degrees, 32minutes North, 8 degrees 25 minutes East, and Guldager  is also a reasonably common surname in Denmark.  So Goldhanger could have origins in a small Viking village now in Denmark.


In Names and their Histories, published in 1896 Isaac Taylor wrote. . .

1896 - Names and their Histories


In a letter published in The Essex Countryside magazine in 1956, Goldhanger historian Crawshay Frost wrote...

As my village of Goldhanger is somewhat opposite on its Blackwater estuary to the Bergen district of Norway I feel that it was settled and named after the Romans left by Norse rovers seeking new homes, and not by Saxons from the Continent. Five places near Bergen end with anger (a slope): Geiranger, Kanpanger, Hardanger, Samnanger and Stavanger. . . Norsemen sailing up the Blackwater would think of their fjords, as the ground does rise somewhat, and there is a rise at Goldhanger.

On more theory is that name is derived for Gore-hange. Where, from Middle English, Gore means a small triangular piece of land, as in the Gore Saltings a named area near Goldhanger Creek that is exposed at low tide with shingle, sand and mud.


Street names from the past

( in alphabetic order of current name, then previous variants by date)

Bakers Green

Bakers  in 1483

Bakars & Wood Croft in a Will of 1573

Bakers Farm   Earl of Essex, Indenture, 1590

Bakes in a Will of 1623

Goldhanger Green?  ERO D/DCf T70 in 1788


Bobbet's Hole

Bobbet's Hole has had two locations:  at Bakers Green & Wash Lane(on early maps)

Also spelt Bobbit's Hole


Blind Lane

Back Road  (from the 1841 census)


Church Street

The Street (newspapers adverts in the 1870s)

Goldhanger Street (1870 sales poster for The Crickets)


Fish Street 

Mill Lane  (from old postcards)

Mill Street  (from the 1841 census)

The Street (newspapers adverts)

High Street  (from the 1851 census)

Goldhanger Street (newspapers adverts in the 1870s)


Head Street   (in the 1841 census)

High Street  (from ERO 1700s Deeds)

Chaple Street  (from the 1841 census)

Goldhanger Street  (newspaper adverts from the 1700s & 1800s

                                and a postcard in the late 1800s)

Lt Totham Road

Upper Street  (from the 1841 census)


Maldon Road (west) 

Broad Road (Deeds of No 34, Maldon Rd and from ERO 1800s Deeds)


Maldon Road (east) 

The Avenue  (from old postcards)

Tolleshunt D'arcy Road (sales poster for Rectory Cottage in 1906)

D'arcy Road (within living memory)


House & Farm names from the past

( in alphabetic order of current name, then previous variants by date)

Apple Leaves  No. 17 head St

16th century or earlier (from ECC 2007 Historic Settlement Assessment: HSA)


Bakers Green (as a farm)

Bakers  in 1483  (HSA)

Bakars & Wood Croft in a Will of 1573

Bakers Farm   Earl of Essex, Indenture, 1590

Bakes in a Will of 1623

Goldhanger Green?  ERO D/DCf T70 in 1788


Bounds Farm

Brands Farm on the 1880 OS map and Fitch's 1898 book

Boundless in Stanley Wilkin's letter of 1934


Caunterburyes,  within Goldhanger Parish in  Henry VIII papers 1543

Caunterberyes   Place name of Essex 1553

Canterberies   ERO D/DVz/359 in 1569

(probably now Canterbury Farm, Goldhanger Rd, Heybridge)


Charity Farm


Coach House

Pumphouse shown on the 1730 map

Pumphouse Farm, in deeds to 1760 (ERO D/DBt T3)

Pumphouse Farm in Tithe maps of the 1800s

Pumphouse & Carters Farm in the Kellys of 1899

Became the coach house for the new Rectory in 1851


Cobbs Farm

named after William Cobb in 1222 (HSA)

named after Robert ffreville in 1408 (HSA)

Cobbys alias ffrevylles in 1499 

Cobbes  ERO D/DVz/359 in 1569

Cobbs Croft   ERO D/DR T28/2 in 1643


Falcons Hall

named after the original owner john ffalons or ffawcon in 1346

ffakons in 1445 in The place-names of Essex

ffacones in 1484 in The place-names of Essex

Faulkins Farm on maps of 1730 & 1777

Falcons Hall Farm on 1820s Tithe Awards

The Hall on the 1841 census

Goldhanger Hall in 1848 census and an 1849 advert

Falcons Hall in a newspaper advert on 1891

Falcon Hall on a sales poster in 1920 & 1925

Falcons Hall on a sales poster in 1955


Folly Faunts

Named after Johannis Falefaunt in 1250 in The place-names of Essex

Ffollyfants in 1527

Folyphauntes Manor in Bylegh Abbey lease of 1533

Follyfauntes in Henry VIII letters of 1543

Ffollifauntes in 1540

Fallyfantes ERO D/DVz/359 in 1613

Follyfaunts on Henry VIII documents in 1543

Follyfans in a Will of 1573

Folliphants ERO D/DBs T4 in 1740

Follifaunts by Morant in 1760

Folly Fants on a sales poster in 1813

Follifauntes in 1831

Follyfants in Homes & Gardens of 1939

Follifaunts in 1848 census


Gardeners Farm (See also Vaulty Manor)

Vaulty Wick Marsh, on a 1561 Will (SEAX Monuments)

Fawlty Farm on the 1730 map

Fawlty Farm on the 1777 map

Gardner's on 1820s Tithe Awards

Gardeners Farm on 1838 Tithe map

Gardner's on 1838 Tithe Awards

Gardner's on 1841 census

Gardeners Farm on 1880 OS map


Goldhanger House

The Rectory, Goldhanger   from 1851 to 1947

(there was also a Goldhanger House in Coggeshall) 


Hall Farm

The Hall, also possibly Goldhanger Hall, in newspaper adverts in the 1800s

Joyces on the 1820 Tithe map

Joyces on the 1841 census

Joices Farm in the 1851 Census

Street Farm in Kelly's Directory of 1892 & 1899  (The Old Rectory was also called this)

Hall Farm, advert in 1926


Highams Farm (previously within Goldhanger Parish)

Named after Thomas Heigham (or Heyham), 1531

Highums Farm ERO D/DVz/359  in 1631

Highlands Farm on the 1838 Tithe map

Highlands Farm on the 1880 OS map

Highams Farm on 1906 map



lands called Hullings in Goldhanger were referred to in the 1660s & 1680s

no more recent references found


Joyces Farm, Joyces Chase  (previously within Goldhanger Parish)

named after Robert Joyce in 1353 (HSA)

Joces in 1484 (HSA)


Lauriston Farm (previously within Goldhanger Parish)

Harvies, The Bishop of London's Commissary Court 1578-1588

Harveys Farm on the 1838 Tithe map

Harvies Farm 1846 advert in The Times, leased to J Boys

Harveys Farm on a 1924 OS map

Lauriston was named after a Mr Laurie who owned the farm in the early 1900s


The Limes, South side of Head St  (named this from about 1910)

Marriners - Maura Benham refers to deeds in 1746 and 1758 with these names

Crabtree House continuing until 1894

Levers in 1857


Longwick Farm

Long Wyke in Henry VIII letters of 1543

Grange of Langwyke  ERO D/DVz/359 in 1569

Langewich in ERO  D/P 240/1/3  of 1598

Langewich in ERO  ERO D/P 240/1/3 in 1647

Long Wick Farm in the 1820 Tithe Awards

Longwicke Farm 1906 sales


Mill House

Sillids and Silliers referred to deeds in 1743, 1764 (Maura Benham)


Little London Farm

Named after John de London (or Lundon) in 1418  (HSA)

Loughes, The history and antiquities of the county of Essex: Volume 2, P Morant

(A lough is: a lake, a fjord, estuary, bay or sea inlet - from Wikipedia)

Longs or Londons in a charities document of 1740

Little London Farm in the 1820 Tithe Awards

Little Londons on the 1841 census


Old Parsonage on North side of Head St

The Limes before 1910

The Parsonage from 1910 until the last curate left in the 1960s


Old Rectory

The Rectory, 1700s

Glebe, Parsonage House, 1820s and 1838 Tithe Awards

The Glebe, Crockfords Clerical Directory, 1868

Church Farm

Street Farm in 1906 sales brochure (Hall Farm was also called this)

Rectory Farm, newspaper article in 1922

Old Rectory Fruit Farm, newspaper article in 1934


Scotts and Motts

Scotts and Motts ERO D/DHt T325/1  in 1569

Scottis, property of John Scott in 1599 (ERO Q/SR 148/125)

Scotts (the house) and Motts (the land)  ERO D/DHt T354/1  in 1626 (HSA)

Motts and Scotts, alias Westwoods, in Goldhangre (P. Morant, 1768)

Scotts and Motts on the 1820 & 1841 Tithe maps, & The people's history of Essex, 1861


Vaulty Manor  (see also Gardeners Farm)

Fawlty in 1538 in  The Reformation in Essex to The Death Of Mary

Fauty ERO D/DBe T14  in 1565

Faity, in the 15th year of Elizabeth II reign (1573)

Faltey in Henry VIII's  Roll 28, Monasterium Bileigh

Faltie alias Pawtie,  ERO deed and Marriage settlement D/DR T28/2 of 1643

Vantie alias Faltie ERO deeds  D/DR T28/3 in 1677

Falty, alias Ravens Croft, Ravens Marshes, Pipers & Pipers Marsh  ERO deeds D/DR T28/6 of 1709

Fawlty in 1811 in Excursions in the County of Essex

Jehews Farm in the 1820 Tithe Awards

Jehurs Farm, in 1841 census

Vaulty's or Jehu's 1834 newspaper advert

Jehurs Farm on the 1880 OS map