History of Ramsey
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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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Ramsey - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Ramsey - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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