History of Wickham St. Paul

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All Saints Church, Wickham St. Paul.
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History of Wickham St. Paul >> White's Directory 1848

White's Directory of Essex 1848

WICKHAM ST. PAUL'S is a pleasant village, scattered round a large green, 5 miles North of Halstead. Its parish contains 476 souls, and 1,225 acres of land, including Catley Cross, 1 mile South of the church, and several scattered farm houses. It has generally a light but fertile soil, and some parts are suitable to the growth of hops.

The Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, London, own a great part of the soil, and are lords of the manor, of which they were deprived during the Commonwealth, when one of the greedy government agents stripped it of all its valuable timber. Their estate is held on lease by Isaac King, Esq., and here are several smaller land owners.

The Church (All Saints,) is a neat substantial structure, with a tower and four bells. The nave has been re-fitted, and the windows of the chancel are about to be restored. One of the latter is enriched with stained glass. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £9, and now at £400, is in the patronage of the Dean and Chapter of St. Paul's, and incumbency of the Rev. W.K. Borton, M.A., who has 20A. of glebe, and a good residence built in 1838. The poor parishioners have 4A. of land called Able Croft, left by Mrs. Herrington, and now let for £8. A double tenement, called Almshouses, is occupied by paupers.

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Wickham St Paul - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

>Wickham St Paul - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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