Essendon (St. Mary)
ESSENDON (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Hatfield, hundred and county of Hertford, 3½ miles (E.) from Hatfield; containing 690 inhabitants. This parish, which is bounded on the north by a branch of the river Lea, comprises by measurement 2298 acres. The soil is generally a gravelly loam, resting upon clay, and by far the greater portion of the land is unproductive; the surface is varied with hill and valley. The living is a rectory, with the curacy of Bayford annexed, valued in the king's books at £18, and in the gift of the Marquess of Salisbury: the tithes have been commuted for £368. 10., and the glebe comprises 45 acres.