St. Mary the Virgin Church, Lindsell.© Copyright Glyn Baker contributor to the Geograph Project and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
History of Lindsell >> White's Directory 1848
LINDESLL, a small straggling village, near the source of a rivulet, 3½ miles South East of Thaxted, and 4½ miles North by East of Dunmow, has in its parish 393 souls and 1919 acres of land, including Bustard Green, Holder's Green, and several scattered farm houses, etc. The soil is fertile and the surface hilly.
It is in three manors, viz., Lindsell Hall, belonging to Stephen Alger, Esq.; Prior's Hall, belonging to New College, Oxford; and Latchley Hall, held by Lady Fitzgerald. Before the Conquest, the parish was held by Ulmar, but it was given by the Conqueror to Eudo Dapifer. The Pirot, Tibetot, Wentworth, North, and other families were formerly owners here, and Prior's Hall was held by the priory of St. Valery, in Picardy.
The Church has a nave and chancel of one pace, and a low tower at the south-west angle. It is constructed chiefly of flint, and was appropriated to Walden Abbey.
Stephen Alger, Esq., is impropriator of the rectory and patron of the vicarage, valued in K.B. at £8, and in 1831 at £137, and now enjoyed by the Rev. C. S. Clarke, M.A., who has one acre of glebe and a small house occupied by a cottager. The tithes were commuted in 1845 for corn rents.
The copyholds are subject to arbitrary fines, but the parish is mostly freehold.
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Lindsell - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Lindsell - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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