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WHITE'S DIRECTORY OF ESSEX 1848
ELMSTEAD. This ancient town, which existed in the time of King Edward the Confessor, is in the Hundred and Union of Tendring, 4½ miles east-by-north from Colchester station. The parish contains 3,490 acres, and a population, in 1841, of 809. The assessment of real property to the Property Tax was, in 1843, £5,269 4s. 2d.; it had a grant of a market in 1253, now discontinued, and a fair. The church, dedicated to St. Anne and St. Lawrence, is small, with a stone steeple and 1 bell. The living is a discharged vicarage, value in the K. B. at £8, in the gift of Jesus College, Cambridge.
ELMSTEAD MARKET is a hamlet, 1 mile from the church and 4 miles East of Colchester station, on a small brook falling into the Colne. Here, as its name implies, the market was formerly held.
The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales...., by John Marius Wilson. circa 1866
ELMSTEAD, a village and parish in Tendring District, Essex. The village stands near the Roman Stone-street, 2¾ miles SSE of Ardleigh r. station, and 4 E by N of Colchester; and has a post-office under Colchester, and a fair on 15th May. The parish comprises 3,644 acres. Real property, £5,211. Pop., 953. Houses, 215. The property is subdivided. Elmstead Hall is a chief residence. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £310. Patron, Jesus, College, Cambridge. The church is ancient; and there is a Wesleyan chapel.
Transcribed by Noel Clark
KELLY'S DIRECTORY OF ESSEX 1933
ELMSTEAD (commonly called Elmstead Market). This ancient parish is 3 miles north-east from Wivenhoe station, on the Tendring Hundred branch of the London and North Eastern railway and 4½ east from Colchester, in the Harwich division of the county, Tendring hundred, petty sessional division and rural district, Colchester, Clacton and Halstead joint county court district, rural deanery of Harwich, archdeaconry of Colchester and diocese of Chelmsford. The church of St. Ann and St. Lawrence is an edifice of stone exhibiting various styles of architecture, and consists of chancel, which was re-roofed and restored by Jesus College, Cambridge, in 1931-2, nave with chapel, south porch, and a western tower containing one bell: the side chapel is Decorated, the chancel late Early English, the nave Transitional with a Saxon doorway: at the east end of the side chapel is a very ancient wooden effigy of a crusader, with a dog as a headrest, and with the legs crossed above the knee: there are 300 sittings. The registers date from 1557-9. The living is a vicarage, net yearly value £431 with 6 acres of glebe and residence, in the gift of Jesus College, Cambridge, and held since 1924 by the Rev. Julian James Butler M.A. of that college. The church of St. Paul, erected in 1908 at a cost of £1,100, is a building of red brick: it was completed in 1928 by the addition of the chancel, at a further cost of £1,000. There is a Methodist chapel. Charles Michael David Gooch esq. and William Mitchell esq. are the principal landowners. The soil is light; subsoil, gravelly loam. The chief crops are wheat, barley, oats, sugar beet, mangolds and kohl rabi. The area is 3,705 acres of land, 6 of inland and 3 of tidal water and 17 of foreshore; the population of the civil parish in 1931 was 869, and of the ecclesiastical in 1921. 938.
By Local Government Board Order No. 36,270, part of Elmstead civil parish was added to Wivenhoe civil parish.
ELMSTEAD ROW (or Heath) is a hamlet 1 mile south of the village: there is a Methodist chapel here.
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