History of Theydon Bois

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History of Theydon Bois >> White's Directory 1848

White's Directory of Essex 1848

THOYDON-BOIS, or Theydon Bois, a scattered village on the north side of the vale of the river Roding, and on the east side of Epping Forest, has in its parish 538 inhabitants and 1718 acres of land, partly in the forest.

It is 3 miles South of Epping, and was held by Peter de Valoines, at the Norman Survey, and afterwards by the Tany, Wroth, and Elrington families. Mrs. Hall-Dare is now lady of the manor; but Henry Elwes, Esq., owns Thoydon Hall estate; and other parts of the parish belong to Lady Puller, J. Powell, Esq., and several smaller copyholders, subject to arbitrary fines.

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St Mary's Church, Theydon Bois.
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The Church (St. Mary,) was rebuilt in 1843 at the cost of £2200, and is a neat edifice in the Norman style. It was appropriated to St. Bartholomew's Priory, in Smithfield, by William de Bosco, and at the dissolution the tithes were granted to Edward Elrington, Esq. Mrs. Hall-Dare is now impropriator of the rectory, and patroness of the perpetual curacy, valued in 1831 at only £64.3s.2d., though it has been augmented by Queen Anne'e Bounty.

The Rev. G. Hambleton is the incumbent, and has a good residence, built in 1840 at the cost of nearly £2000, by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, who have recently augmented the living. The glebe is 7 A., and the tithes were commuted in 1848.

A National School was built here in 1840 at tbe cost of £300. The Poor's Land, 1A. now let for £1.10s. was given by an unknown donor, who also gave to the poor, a yearly rent charge of £2 out of Thoydon Hall estate.

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Theydon Bois - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

Theydon Bois - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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