St Mary the Virgin's Church, Great Parndon.© Copyright Peter Stack contributor to the Geograph Project and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
History of Great Parndon >> White's Directory 1848
PARNDON, (GREAT) 4 miles South West of Harlow, is a pleasant scattered village and hilly parish, at the south end of this Hundred, watered by a rivulet which flows westward to the Stort. It contains 417 souls, and 2,200 acres of land, adjoining Harlow Bush Common, on the east.
The Earl of Mornington is lord of the manor, called Canons, from a monastery of Premonstratensia Canons founded here, in the 12th century, by Roger and Robert de Perendune or Parndon. These canons removed to Beleigh Abbey, near Maldon, in 1180, but they retained possession of the estate till the Dissolution, after which it was granted to Sir Thomas Darcy.
In the last century it was purchased by Sir Josiah Child, from whom it has descended to its present owner. A handsome mansion which stood upon it was the seat of Sir Edward Farmer in 1632, and was pulled down many years ago. Kingsmore House, formerly belonging to the Risden family, it now the elegant seat of Frederick Houblon, Esq.
The Church is an ancient structure, with a tower and four bells. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £16.lOs.7d., and in 1831 at £398, is in the patronage of the Earl of Mornington and St. Thomas's Hospital, and incumbency of the Rev. H.B. Sims, M.A., who has 29A. of glebe, and a good residence, in the Tudor style. The tithes were commuted in 1843.
The poor parishioners have £5 a year out of Mead Moor Meadow, purchased with £100, left by John Sealy, in 1089.
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Great Parndon - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Great Parndon - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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