Alphamstone, a parish in Essex, near the river Stour, 3 miles WNW of Bures station on the G.E.R., and 5 1/2 S of Sudbury. Post town, Bures St Mary (under Colchester), which is the money order and telegraph office. Acreage, 1709 ; population of the civil parish, 231; of the ecclesiastical, 214. The living is a rectory in the diocese of St Albans; net value, £348 with residence, in the gift of the Lord Chancellor. The church is a structure with a very deep chancel built of flint and stone. The walls of the other parts of the church are built of rubble and brick, and are very thick. There are two piscinae, a Lady chapel, a leper window, and three bells, all having Roman Catholic inscriptions.