History of Little Horkesley

St. Peter and St. Paul's Church - exterior
St. Peter and St. Paul's Church, Little Horkesley
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History of Little Horkesley >> White's Directory 1848

White's Directory of Essex 1848

HORKESLEY (LITTLE) is a parish of scattered houses on the south side of the vale of the Stour, including Westwood Green, Hey Green, and extending from 4 to 6 miles North West by North of Colchester, and from 2 to 4 miles South South West of Nayland. It contains 206 souls and 1060 acres of land.

The Rev. J.C.B. Warren is lord of the manor of Lillie Horkesley Hall, a neat brick mansion, which was rebuilt by the late Edward Husbands, Esq. Westrop or Westwood House is the seat of Capt. Rooke, and the Hooth or Hotts farm belongs to Mr. G. Sadler.

A house on the north side or the church, belonging to J. Joscelyn, Esq., occupies the site of the PRIORY, founded by Robert Fitz Godebald and Beatrix, his wife, in the reign of Henry I. for Cluniac monks; subordinate to Thetford Priory, in Norfolk. It was suppressed and given to Cardinal Wolsey as part of the endowment of his proposed College at Oxford, and was then valued at £27.7s.11d. per annum.

In 1554, it was granted to Sir John Huddiston, and afterwards passed, through various families, to the Joscelyns.

The Church (St. Peter and St. Paul.) is a handsome building on an eminence, and has a tower aud three bells. It is lighted by spacious windows, and has several neat monuments belonging to the Husbands and other families.

The benefice is a perpetual curacy, valued 1831 at £69. It is in the patronage of Mrs. Warren and Miss Blair {the impropriators,) and is now enjoyed by the Rev. J.C.B. Warren.

The poor parishioners have £2.10s. from Love's Charity.

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Little Horkesley - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

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Little Horkesley - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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