Manewden (St. Mary)

MANEWDEN (St. Mary), a parish, in the union of Bishop-Stortford, hundred of Clavering, N. division of Essex, 4 miles (N.) from Bishop-Stortford; containing 688 inhabitants. It comprises 2486a. 2r. 36p., of which 2057 acres are arable, 316 meadow and pasture, and 66 woodland. A considerable trade is carried on in malt, for which there are two malt-houses. The village is situated in a fertile valley on the banks of the river Stort; a fair is held in it on Easter-Monday, chiefly for toys and pedlery. The living is a discharged vicarage, valued in the king's books at £14; impropriator, Launcelot A. Cousmaker, Esq.: the great tithes have been commuted for £630, the vicarial for £215, and the glebe comprises 55 acres. The church is an ancient cruciform structure, with a tower, and contains some handsome monuments.

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

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