Birdbrook (St. Augustine)
BIRDBROOK (St. Augustine), a parish, in the union of Risbridge, hundred of Hinckford, N. division of Essex, 7 miles (N. W.) from Castle Hedingham; containing 557 inhabitants. This parish, which is separated from the county of Suffolk by the river Stour, comprises an area of about 2240 acres, and is beautifully situated on a hill descending to the north and south, and commanding a richly diversified prospect. The soil is a deep sandy loam, extremely favourable to the growth of forest timber, especially oak, of which there are many noble and stately trees. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £19, and in the patronage of Clare Hall, Cambridge: the tithes have been commuted for £600, and there are 99 acres of glebe. The church has some fine details in the early English style. The Roman road from Colchester to Cambridge passed through the parish, in which several ancient coins have been found.