History of Radwinter
The porch of Radwinter Church, Radwinter
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History of Radwinter >> White's Directory 1848
White's Directory of Essex 1848
RADWINTER, a large scattered village, near the sources of the river Pant or Blackwater, 5 miles East by South of Saffron Waldon, has in its parish 915 souls, and 3802A.2R.4P. of land, picturesquely undulated and well cultivated.
At Domesday Survey, it belonged to Eustace, Earl of Boulogue, Alberic de Vere, Tihel Brito, and Frodo. It is now in four manors. Jonathan Bullock, Esq., is lord of the manors of Radwinter Hall and Grange; Richard B. Wolfe, Esq., is lord of Great Brockholes; and Viscount Maynard is lord of the manor of Bendish Hall.
Mrs. Carter, T.W. Gayton, Esq., Mrs. Hayward, and several smaller owners, have estates in the parish, mostly copyhold, subject to arbitrary fines.
Bendish Hall was the seat of the Bendish family, one of whom was at the siege of Calais, and having mortgaged the estate to the monks of Feversham, they seized it during his absence, after which his family removed to Steeple Bumpstead.
The Church (Virgin Mary,) is an ancient structure, chiefly of stone, and in good repair. It was newly covered with lead in 1847, and has has a massive embattled tower containing five bells, and crowned by a lofty leaded spire.
The rectory, valued in K.B. at £21.12s.1d., and in 1831 at £566, is in the alternate patronage of Viscount Maynard and Jonathan Bullock, Esq., and incumbency of the Rev. John Frederick Bullock, M.A., who has 62A. of glebe, and a large and handsome modern residence. The tithes were commuted in 1838, for £700 per annum.
The Rev. William Harrison, who was rector here from 1558 till his death in 1593, wrote an historical description of the Island of Britain, published in Hollingshead Chronicles.
Fairs, for toys, etc., are held here on Easter Tuesday and Whit-Wednesday.
The Town Meadow and Town Land. comprise 2½A., let in garden allotments, for £3.6s.6d. a-year, which is applied in the repairs of the church.
The Poor's Cottages, etc., comprise a house, garden, and blacksmith's shop, let for £8, and several other tenements and gardens, occupied by paupers. The donors are unknown.
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