History of Messing
All Saints Church, Messing.
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History of Messing >> White's Directory 1848
White's Directory of Essex 1848
MESSING is a pleasant village on an elevated site, 3 miles East by North of Kelvedon, and 8 miles South West by West of Colchester.
Its parish contains 758 souls and 2496A,3R.21P. of land, extending three miles southward to Tiptree Heath, which is mostly in Great Braxted parish, and where a fair and races are held on the 25th July. There is also a fair for toys, etc., in the village, on the first Tuesday in July.
The surface of the parish lies high, and the soil is generally a light loam, and well cultivated, except about 20A. of heath.
Earl Verulam is lord of the manor, but Hill House (now unoccupied) belongs to the Rev. Robert Eden, of Leigh; and several smaller owners have estates here, both free and copyhold. - the latter subject to arbitrary fines.
In old records, the manor is variously written Messinges, Mescinge, signifying either the large or the cow's meadow.
The manor house which was pulled down many years ago, was sometimes called Baynards Castle, from its having been a castellated residence of the Baynard family, from whom it passed to the Luckyns, and from them to the Grimstons, together with the small manor of Harberts, and also Bourchier's Hall, now a farm house, on the south side of the church. The present lord of the manor is now the head of the Grimston family.
The CHURCH (All Saints,) waa appropriated to Colne Priory, and is now a handsome structure, being enlarged and beautified in 1840-'1, by subscription, and a grant from the Incorporated Society. The latter was given on condition that 340 free sittings should be provided.
A new tower and north and south transepts were erected, and the interior was fitted up with new seats, etc. The chancel is paved with black and white marble, and the east window is enriched with beautiful stained glass, representing Faith, Hope, and Charity; and what are called "works of mercy," such as feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, etc. This elegant ornament is said to have been given by Sir Christopher or Charles Chibborne.
In a recess, in the north wall, is a carved wood figure of a knight, said to represent Sir William de Messing, the founder of the church.
The vicarage, valued in K.B. at £8, and in 1831 at £334, is in the patronage of Earl Verulam, and incumbency of the Rev. Thomas Henderson, M.A., who has a neat modern residence and 31A. of glebe. Earl Verulam is also impropriator of the rectory. The vicarial tithes were commuted in 1839 for £418 per ano.
Here is a National School and the poor have four Almshouses, given by the Chibborne family, and enlarged by the parish as a workhouse, in 1799. Hanameel Chibborne left two yearly rent-charges out of three farms, now belonging to Earl Verulam, viz., 4Os. for the poor, and 4Os. for the vicar, for preaching two sermons.
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