Gestingthorpe (St. Mary)

GESTINGTHORPE (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Sudbury, hundred of Hinckford, N. division of Essex, 2½ miles (N. E.) from Castle-Hedingham, and on the road from London to Sudbury; containing 834 inhabitants. The parish is separated on the north from Belchamp-Walter by a small rivulet, and comprises 2609a. 3r. 13p., of which 2300 acres are arable, 155 pasture, and 155 woodland; the soil is generally strong and heavy, but in some parts a rich loam intermixed with sand. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £7; there is also a sinecure rectory, valued at £13. 6. 8.: patron of both, J. P. Elwes, Esq. The rectorial tithes have been commuted for £520, and the vicarial for £183; the glebes respectively comprise 96 and 34 acres. The church is a handsome edifice of brick, with a tower, and contains a curious font; the altar is adorned with a painting of the Ascension, and there is a monument of a Knight Templar.

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

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