- Matching, Essex
St. Mary the Virgin church and a 15th century house
Matching shown within Essex
Population 635  Parish Matching District Epping Forest Shire county Essex Region East Country England Sovereign state United Kingdom Post town HARLOW Postcode district CM17 Dialling code 01279 Police Essex Fire Essex Ambulance East of England EU Parliament East of England UK Parliament Brentwood and Ongar List of places: UK • England • Essex
The village of Matching lying on undulating land is separated from Stort valley by the parishes of Harlow and Sheering. It is a very old settlement and little is known of its early history but the name is of Saxon origin, being derived from the people or tribe of Moecca (Match) who settled in an open area of pasture called an "Ing", hence 'Matching'.
By the time of the Victoria Country History of Essex, Matching had four manor houses standing on or near their medieval sites; namely Matching Hall, Housham Hall, Parvilles and Stock Hall. Watermans Hall is also mentioned but where abouts is obscured, there is a deserted moated site where a manor house could possibly sited at Gunnetts Green but nothing remains there today.
All the owners of Down Hall just north of the church in Hatfield Heath parish played a major part in Matching.
The Church of St Mary the Virgin, there is no mention of this church in the Domesday book but a Norman church was probably built on an old Saxon site. The tower was added in the 15th Century. It is plain, square and embattled and surmounted by a low tiled spire and weather clock. It retains its original 13th Century doorway.
There are 6 bells which were restored in 1990. Originally there were 5 bells in the tower the 6th bell was added in 1887 to celebrate the Jubilee of Queen Victoria. It is inscribed "God Save the Queen". The 2nd and 3rd bells were originally cast about 1500 by William Culverden of Houndsditch and inscribed "Sancte Thoma ora pro nobis" and "Sancta Anna ora pro nobis". Bells number 4 and 6 are inscribed "God Save the King. 1615" and "God Save the King. 1640" They were both made by Robert Oldfield of Hertford.
The clock was removed from the old church at Epping when the church was pulled down and set up in Matching in memory of Henry Selwin-Ibbetson, 1st Baron Rookwood of Down Hall. On the south wall the first window commemorates the restoration of the church by Henry Selwin-Ibbetson, 1st Baron Rookwood and Lady Selwin-Ibbetson later Lord & Lady Rookwood. The other stained window on the south wall is dedicated by parishioners and friends to the memory of Sir Henry Selwin-Ibbetson, 1st Baron Rookwood who died on 15 January 1902. The east window, which commemorates Edan, Lady Rookwood of Down Hall are by Powell of Whitefriars.
The Organ is a rare Bevington with pipe work over the console. A brass plaque commemorates the erection of the orgam by Mrs. Calverley of Down Hall in memory of her brother, Sir Frederick Henniker, of 60th Rifles, who died 19 August 1908.
Matching Parish make-up
- Matching Green
- Matching Tye
- Hobbs Cross
- The farm Harlow Tye is sometimes referred to as a hamlet in its own right.
The District of Epping Forest ParishesAbbess Beauchamp and Berners Roding • Bobbingworth • Buckhurst Hill • Chigwell • Epping • Epping Upland • Epping Green • Fyfield • High Laver and Little Laver • High Ongar • Lambourne • Loughton • Magdalen Laver • Matching • Matching Green • Matching Tye • Moreton • Nazeing • North Weald Bassett • Chipping Ongar • High Ongar • Roydon • Sheering • Stanford Rivers • Stapleford Abbotts • Stapleford Tawney • Theydon Bois • Theydon Garnon • Theydon Mount • Waltham Abbey • Willingale Attractions Constituencies Ceremonial county of Essex Unitary authorities Boroughs or districts Major settlementsBasildon • Billericay • Braintree • Brentwood • Brightlingsea • Buckhurst Hill • Burnham-on-Crouch • Canvey Island • Chelmsford • Chigwell • Chipping Ongar • Clacton-on-Sea • Coggeshall • Colchester • Corringham • Dovercourt • Eastwood • Epping • Frinton-on-Sea • Grays • Great Dunmow • Hadleigh • Halstead • Harlow • Harwich • Holland-on-Sea • Ingatestone • Laindon • Langdon Hills • Leigh-on-Sea • Loughton • Maldon • Manningtree • Parkeston • Pitsea • Rayleigh • Rochford • Saffron Walden • Shoeburyness • South Benfleet • Southend-on-Sea • South Woodham Ferrers • Southminster • Stanford-le-Hope • Thaxted • Tilbury • Waltham Abbey • Walton-on-the-Naze • West Mersea • West Thurrock • Wickford • Witham • Wivenhoe
See also: List of civil parishes in Essex
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