History of Doddinghurst

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History of Doddinghurst >> White's Directory 1848

White's Directory of Essex 1848

DODDINGHURST, a pleasant but straggling village and parish, at the north-west extremity of this hundred, and in Ongar Union, is from 3 to 4 miles North by West of Brentwood, and 5 miles West of Ingatestone.

It contains 419 souls, and 1892 acres of land, including Eaton street and Fox Hatch, and gives rise to one of the sources of the river Wid.

In the Confessor's reign it belonged to Aluric, and at the Norman Survey to Robert, son of Corbutio. It is now in two manors, viz., Doddinghurst Hall, held by W. Manbey Esq., and Doddinghurst Place, or Kensingtons, held by J. Fane, Esq.; but a great part of the soil belongs to other proprietors.

The Vere, Stonely, Glasscock, Luther, and Dawtrey families were formerly large owners here. In 1259, an estate here was held of the Honor of Rayleigh, by the service of three arrow-heads, feathered with eagles' feathers, and bound round with gold.

The peculiar jurisdiction called Doddinghurst List extends into this and several other parishes. The soil is generally a fruitful loam, and the surface picturesquely undulated.

The Church (All Saints,) is a plain ancient building, covered with tiles.

The rectory, valued in K.B. at £1O.3s.9d., and in l831 at £557, is in the patronage of William Manbey, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. B. Harvey.

The poor have a yearly rent charge of £4, left by Mrs. Henrys and Thomas Glasscock, out of an estate now belonging to Mr. Manbey. They have also the interest of £60, given by the Dawtrey Family, about the middle of the 18th century; and of £30, given by Hannah Luther and other donors.

The Poor's Land, 5A., was purchased in 1715, with £50 poor's money, and is now let for £6.

Pope's House, to which rights of commons are attached, have long been vested in trust for the residence of poor parishioners.

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