History of Stambourne

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St. Peter and St Thomas' Church, Stambourne
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History of Stambourne >> White's Directory 1848

White's Directory of Essex 1848

STAMBOURNE, a long scattered village, pleasantly situated near the source of a rivulet, 6 miles South West of Clare, and 9 miles North West by North of Halstead, has in its parish 540 souls, 1840 acres of strong fertile land, and several neat houses.

Francis Gibson, Esq., of Saffron Walden is lord of the manor of Stambourne Hall, which is in the Liberty of the Duchy of Lancaster, and was long held by the Pever, Broughton, Macwilliam, and other families.

The estate, called Moone Hall, belongs to Barker Myall, Esq., who has recently built a handsome residence at Stanbourne Green. Church Farm belongs to William Ruffle, Esq., and has some ancient elm trees, one of which has roots growing from the top down the hollow trunk.

Part of the parish belongs to Queen's College, Cambridge, George Nottidge, Esq., William Gibbons. Esq., and several smaller owners.

The Church (St. Thomas,) has a nave, chancel, and north aisle, and a massive tower, containing five bells. It is an ancient structure, and had a guild, or free chapel, dedicated to St Thomas, which was granted by Edward VI. to Ralph Agard and Thomas Smith.

The rectory, valued in K.B. at £15, and 1831 at £366 is in the patronage of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and incumbency of the Rev. James Hopkins, M.A., who has about 20A. of glebe, and a good residence, which has recently been repaired. The tithes were commuted in 1840, for £505 per annum.

{{Here is an Independent Chapel built in 1717, by a nonconformist congregation, formed by the Rev. Henry Havers, M.A., who was ejected from the rectory in 1662. The minister of this chapel has the free occupation of a farm of about 3OA., left by a Mr. Hallow, more than a century ago. He has also a cottage at Steeple Bumpstead, left by Mr. Sams.

This parish has £l5 a year for schooling poor children, from Cole's Charity. A tenement, purchased with £30 given by an unknown donor, is let for £5, which is distributed in blankets among the poor parishioners.

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