History of Widdington

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St Mary's Church, Widdington.
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History of Widdington >> White's Directory 1848

White's Directory of Essex 1848

WIDDINGTON, an ancient village, 5 miles South of Saffron Walden, and 2 miles South East of Newport Station, has in its parish 377 souls, and 2006A.1R.32P. of land, mostly freehold. and partly copyhold, subject to arbitrary fines. It is near the source of the river Cam or Granta, and is in two manors.

That of Widdington Hall, belongs to Sir Francis Vincent, Bart., and was held by Robert Gernon at Domesday survey, and afterwards by the Playz, Howard, Vere, and other families. The manor of Prior's Hall was given at an early period to an alien priory, from which it was taken by Edward III., who gave it to William Wickham, Bishop of Winchester. The latter bestowed it on New College, Oxford, founded by him, and to which it still belongs.

The Church (Virgin Mary,) a small plain building, was partly rebuilt in the 16th century. The ancient tower fell down some years ago, and a small wooden turret supplies its place above the west end, which has been rebuilt of brick. In the chancel wall, two slender pillars, with ornamented bases and capitals, support a semi-circular arch, with a Saxon moulding. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £25, and in 1831 at £512, is in the patronage of Lord Braybroke, and incumbency of the Rev. C. A. Campbell, M.A., who has a commodious brick residence, and about 40A. of glebe. The tithes were commuted in 1840 for £570 per annum.

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Widdington - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

Widdington - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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