Ballingdon

BALLINGDON, a parish, in the union of Sudbury, hundred of Hinckford, N. division of Essex, ½ a mile (S. W. by W.) from Sudbury; containing 843 inhabitants. After the decay of the parochial church, the village of Ballingdon, which had been previously only a chapelry in the parish of Brundon, became the head of the parish. The soil in some parts is a stiffish clay, retaining moisture, and in others a sandy loam, forming some of the best arable land in the district. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £6. 13. 4., and in the patronage of the family of Windham. The inhabitants resort to the church of All Saints, Sudbury, and contribute towards the church-rate of that parish.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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