History of Ramsey

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Ramsey, c.1955
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History of Ramsey >> White's Directory 1848

White's Directory of Essex 1848

RAMSEY parish has a large village, called Ramsey Street, on the eastern side of a small navigable creek, 3 miles West South West of Harwich; and contains 649 inhabitants, and 3603 acres of land, extending northward to the south bank of the estuary of the Stour, where a small projecting point of land, called Ray Island, jots into the estuary, at the mouth of the creek, and forms the western side of Harwich harbour.

A fair is held in the village on the 16th of June.

The parish has generally a fertile soil, and extends eastward to the ocean, including many scattered farm houses, etc.

It belonged to Ralph Baynard, at the Norman Survey, and is now in seven manors, viz., Michaelslow, East New Hall, Stroudland, and Ray, belonging to E.W. Garland, Esq.; Ramsey Hall, belonging to James Hardy, Esq.; Roydon Hall, held by James Barker, jun., Esq., of Slour Hall, a large and handsome mansion; and Foulton Hall and Hill House, belonging to W. Caldecott and John Hempson, Esqrs.

About 42 years ago, nearly 1500 acres were added to Mr.Garland's estate by embankments in the estuary of the Stour.

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St Michael's Church, Ramsey.
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The Church (St. Michael,) is an ancient Gothic structure, with a square embattled tower, containing five bells. The chancel was rebuilt in 1597, and has an inscription in memory of Sir Thomas Davall, Kt., who was one of the representative of Harwich in all the parliaments of King William, and the two first of Queen Anne. The church was appropriated to St. Osyth Priory.

The discharged vicarage, valued in K.B. at £15, and in 1831 at £240, is in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor, and incumbency of the Rev. S.N. Bull, M.A., of Dovercourt, for whom the Rev. William Bull, M.A., officiates, and occupies the Vicarage House and 11A. of glebe. The great tithes belong to the landowners, and the vicarial tithes were commuted in 1847 for £300 per annum.

Here is a small Wesleyan Chapel built in 1825.

The poor parishioners have about £16 yearly, in clothing, from Henry Smith's Charities, distributed by the churchwardens. They have also the dividends of £166.l3s.4d. three per cent. Consols, left by Major General Burr, in 1807; and a yearly rent-charge of 52s., left by Robert Hurlock, in 1650, out of a farm belonging to the Mason family.

For teacbing 12 poor boys, the schoolmaster has the dividends of £469.18s. New South Sea Annuities, left by Thomas Davall, in 1771.

A Girl's School is supported by Mrs. Gurney, with the aid of 1d. each per week from the scholars.

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Ramsey - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

Ramsey - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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