History of Little Yeldham
St John the Baptist's Church, Little Yeldham
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History of Little Yeldham >> Kelly's Directory 1895
Description of Little Yeldham in 1895.
LITTLE (or UPPER) YELDHAM is a parish 2 miles north-east from Yeldham station on the Colne Valley railway and 8 north-west from Halstead, in the Northern division of the county, Hinckford hundred, North Hinckford petty sessional division, Halstead union and county court district, rural deanery of Yeldham, archdeaconry of Colchester and diocese of St. Albans.
The church of St. John the Baptist is a small building of flint in the Early English style, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a small wooden bell turret at the west end containing 2 bells dated 1678: there is a piscina in the chancel: the interior was restored in 1876 and again in 1893, and is seated with open benches, affording 130 sittings.
The register of baptisms dates from 1564; burials and marriages, 1586. The living is a rectory, average tithe rent-charge £206, gross yearly value £220, with 2 acres of glebe and residence, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor, and held since 1893 by the Rev. Louis Arthur Bellhouse M.A. of Corpus Christi college, Cambridge. James Spalding Gardiner esq. of Borley, who is lord of the manor, Lewis John Way esq. of Great Yeldham, Alfred Donnison esq. Mr. Walter Whitlock and Mr. George Unwin are the principal landowners.
The soil is clay, loam and gravel; subsoil, clay. The chief crops are wheat, beans and barley. The area is 956 acres; rateable value, £322; the population in 1891 was 264.
NORTH END is a hamlet 1½ miles south.
Wall Letter Box, cleared at 5.30 p.m. Letters through Halstead viá Great Yeldham, arrive at 9 a.m. The nearest money order & telegraph office is at Great Yeldham
National School (mixed), built in 1857, for 60 children; average attendance, 45; Miss Margaret Annie Whalley, mistress.
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