St Mary the Virgin's Church, Matching.© Copyright John Salmon contributor to the Geograph Project and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
History of Matching >> White's Directory 1848
MATCHING, a scattered village in three divisions, 4 miles East of Harlow, has in its parish 687 souls, and 2,384 acres of land, in two manors, and generally having a level surface.
J.T. Selwin, Esq., is lord of Matching Hall, the chief-manor, formerly held by the Gernon, Walden, Cutts, and other families; and Robert Boodle, Esq., is lord of the small manor of Ovesham or Houshom Hall, which has been held by the Scott and other.
Messrs. T. and J. Inkersole, G.S. Wallis, T.H. Quare, and several smaller owners, have estates in the parish
The Church. (Virgin Mary,) has a nave, north and south aisles, and a chancel, with a tower and five bells. It was appropriated to Lees Priory, but after the Dissolution, Sir Richard Rich settled the great tithes and the patronage of the vicarage on the trustees of the free school and charity, founded by him at Felsted.
The vicarage, valued in K.B. at £12.10s.5d., and in 1831 at £173, is now enjoyed by the Rev. John Houghton, M.A. The trustees of Felsted school present, on the nomination of the Bishop of London. The tithes were commuted in l840, the rectorial for £440, and the vicarial for £246. The rectorial glebe is 56A., and the vicarial 10A. and the vicarage is a neat building of timber, lath, and plaster.
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