Kelvedon (St. Mary)

KELVEDON (St. Mary), a parish, in the union and hundred of Witham, N. division of Essex, 12¾ miles (N. E.) from Chelmsford; containing 1483 inhabitants. The parish comprises by admeasurement 3100 acres, of which 2500 are arable, 300 pasture, and 150 woodland; the surface is alternated with hills and vales, and the soil is a good sandy loam, with some portions of richer loam in the lower grounds. Felix Hall, the seat of Lord Western, a handsome modern mansion with an elegant portico, is situated on an eminence surrounded by a park. The village, which is skirted on the east and south by the river Pant, or Blackwater, consists chiefly of one street, nearly a mile in length, and contains some well-built houses. A station here of the Eastern Counties railway is 9 miles from the Colchester station. A fair is held on Easter-Monday. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king's books at £9. 4. 2.; patron and appropriator, the Bishop of London: the great tithes have been commuted for £615, and the vicarial for £376; the glebe comprises 54 acres, with a house. The church is a spacious edifice, consisting of a nave, north and south aisles, and a chancel, with a tower of brick. The Independents have a place of worship.

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

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