Formed as the ecclesiastical parish of St Michael and All Angels in 1874, the then scattered groups of dwellings, farm houses and beer houses have grown into a well established and thriving village community of just under 6000 parishioners.
It still retains some lovely old character properties – Walters Farmhouse, the old Methodist Chapel (now a private house, the old village school (now the Galleywood Youth Centre) and many traditional rural Essex cottages and farm houses, with the names of many Galleywood's families and farms living on in the road names – Ponds Road, Pyms Road, Pavitt Meadow and Pryors Road, to name but a few.
Galleywood has an excellent network of footpaths, many hectares of green belt land and plenty of open countryside to explore. The Common, home of the historic racecourse where racing took place from 1759 –1935, made famous by the racehorse 'Golden Miller', and more recently being designated as a Local Nature Reserve.
St Michael & All Angels Church was built in 1873 on a site 84 metres (277 feet) above sea level and is unique as the only church in the country to be built in the middle of a racecourse.
Pipers Tye has a unique collection of old cottages and a renovated village pump, and leads on to an ancient piece of woodland, The Spinney, off Brook Lane.
The Civil Parish of Galleywood was created in 1987 when Galleywood separated from Great Baddow Parish and the new Galleywood Parish Council was formed with nine Councillors, with the Council Offices established at the Keene Hall.
The past is being kept very much alive in the village through the excellent volunteer work of the Galleywood Heritage Group in cataloguing, indexing, and publicly exhibiting the Ron White Photographic Archive, purchased by Galleywood Parish Council in 2004 and also by the well attended talks organised by the Galleywood Historical Society.
For further reading - 'Glimpses of Galleywood' may be downloaded here.