St. Mary's Church, Fairstead© Copyright John Salmon contributor to the Geograph Project and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
History of Fairstead >> White's Directory 1848
FAIRSTEAD, a small parish. 4 miles West North West of Witham, is watered by a rivulet, and has a hilly and well-wooded surface. It includes the small villages called Fuller Street and Ranks Green, and contains 306 inhabitants and 1853A. of land.
Lord Rayleigh is lord of the manors of Fairsted and Walley, or Wileigh Hall. The latter is an ancient farm house, nearly encompassed by a moat, and having an outbuilding called Lady Wydelin's chapel. Mr. Thomas Speakman, and several smaller owners, have estates in the parish. which formerly belonged to the Ferrers, Oglethorpe, Scott. and other families.
The Church (St.Mary,) is a small antique edifice, with a tower, containing four bells, and crowned by a lofty shing1ed spire. The old open benches remain in the nave, both the chancel is partly pewed. The tower is of stone, intermixed with Roman bricks.
The rectory, valued in K.B. at £6.13s.4d., and in 1831 at £435, is in the patronage of the Bishop of London, and incumbuncy of the Rev. John Cox, M.A., who has a large and handsome residence, and 84A.3R.7P, of glebe, most of which was given by Sir P. Basset, for keeping the anniversary of his brother, who had been Bishop of London. The advowson was given to the see of London, by Roger Rydel, about 1225.
For distribution in coals, the poor have the dividends of £227.5s.6d. three per Cent. Consols, purchased with £200 left by James Carter, in 1828.
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Fairstead - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Fairstead - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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