History of Ramsden Crays

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St Mary's Church, Ramsden Crays. Now a private residence.
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Ramsden Crays Snippets

When researching for this website we often find a little snippet of information on a location or subject which may be of interest. Some are quirky, some show that there is nothing new in this world, and some about the attitudes and morals of the time. [index to snippets] Here is one for Ramsden Crays about a man trying to recover his stolen property.

The Essex Standard 14 April 1832

George Searles, labourer, was convicted of stealing, on the 13th March an ass, the property of William Martin, of Ramsden Crays. Martin, before the chairman could stop him, went through the whole of his story, in which he followed his ass half over the country, till quite out of breath he arrived in Braintree, where he put an end to his tale by saying 'there I saw my ass and swore to my ass'.

The prisoner was sentenced to 5 months' hard labour and 1 solitary.

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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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