Colne, Wakes (All Saints)

COLNE, WAKES (All Saints), a parish, in the union of Lexden and Winstree, Witham division of the hundred of Lexden, N. division of Essex, 5½ miles (E. by S.) from Halstead; containing 444 inhabitants. This parish, which is situated on the road from Colchester to Halstead, derives its distinguishing epithet from one of its former proprietors. It is about eight miles in circumference, and consists generally of low land; the soil is loam of various kinds, intermixed with clay. The Roman road from Colchester passes through the parish, to the south of which flows the river Colne. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £12. 0. 5., and in the patronage of the Earl of Verulam: the tithes have been commuted for £574, and the glebe contains 18½ acres, with a glebe-house. The church is a plain edifice, with a steeple of wood.

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

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