Laindon (St. Nicholas)
LAINDON (St. Nicholas), a parish, in the union of Billericay, hundred of Barstable, S. division of Essex, 4 miles (S. by E.) from Billericay; containing, with the chapelry of Basildon, 568 inhabitants. This parish, which, from the clayey nature of the soil, obtained the appellation of "Laindon-Clay," comprises 2372 acres, whereof 26 are waste; it forms a tract of flat marshy land which has been rendered arable, producing abundant crops. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £35. 6. 8., and in the gift of the Bishop of London: the tithes of Laindon and Basildon have been commuted for £800; the glebe of Laindon comprises 30 acres, and that of Basildon 23 acres. The church, situated on rising ground, is an ancient edifice, with a tower of wood and a small spire, and consists of a nave, south aisle, and chancel. About two miles distant is the chapel of Basildon. A national school is endowed with £20 per annum.