High Street, Stebbing, c.1960Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of Stebbing >> Stebbing 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's one for Stebbing on a famous portly man.
The every-day book, or, The guide to the year by William Hone 1825
On the 13th of October* 1754 died in Stebbing, in Essex, Mr Jacob Powell. He weighed nearly forty stone or five hundred and sixty pounds. His body was above five yards in circumference and his limbs were in proportion lie; had sixteen men to carry him to his grave.
*Other sources give his date of death as 6th October.
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Stebbing - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Stebbing - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
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