Hayes (St. Mary)

HAYES (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Uxbridge, hundred of Elthorne, county of Middlesex, 2 miles (W. N. W.) from Southall; containing, with the hamlets of Botwell and Yeading, 2076 inhabitants. The manor-house was the palace of Archbishop Cranmer. Near this place is the commencement of the Paddington canal; and the Great Western railway skirts the southern part of the parish. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king's books at £20; net income, £150; patrons, the Trustees of the late J. Hambrough, Esq.; impropriator, J. H. Townsend, Esq. The rectory is valued in the king's books at £40. The tithes were commuted for land and corn rents in 1809. The church, an ancient edifice with a low square tower, is in the early English style, with some small Norman portions: the font is unique in form, and sculptured; the altar-piece is a painting of the Adoration of the Shepherds, and in the chancel windows are some armorial bearings in stained glass; the roof of the church is ornamented with carved representations in wood of the sponge and spear used at the Crucifixion. Norwood, near Southall, is a chapelry to Hayes, in the gift of the Vicar; and a chapel has been built and endowed at Southall Green, by Henry Dobbs, Esq., in whose family the patronage is vested. There are places of worship for Baptists, Independents, and Methodists.

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

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