History of Ramsden Crays and Crays Hill

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St Mary's Church, Ramsden Crays. Now a private residence.
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History of Ramsden Crays >> White's Directory 1848

White's Directory of Essex 1848

RAMSDEN-CRAYS, a small village, near the confluence of two sources of the river Crouch, 2 miles East South East of Billericay, has in its parish 282 souls, 2260 acres of fertile land, and the small village of Crays Hill, nearly a mile South of the church.

At the Domesday Survey, it belonged to Odo, Bishop of Bayeux, and Ralph, brother of Ilgar. T.B. Batard, Esq., is now lord of the two united manors, but, a great part of the soil belongs to several smaller owners.

The manor of Ramsden Crays belonged to Simon de Crei, or Cray, in 1262, and afterwards passed to the Liston, Tyrell, Walton, and Hopkins families.

The manor of Tiled Hall was formerly held by the Bohnun, Vere, and Cheve families, and afterwards passed to the same owners as the capital manor.

The Church (St. Mary,) is a small antique fabric, with a belfry and spire. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £20, and in 1831 at £252, is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev. Thomas Knox, M.A., who has about 80 acres of glebe, and an ancient parsonage house. The tithes were commuted in 1844.

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Ramsden Crays - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

Ramsden Crays - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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