Markshall (St. Margaret)

MARKSHALL (St. Margaret), a parish, in the union of Witham, Witham division of the hundred of Lexden, N. division of Essex, 5 miles (N.) from Kelvedon; containing 33 inhabitants. This parish, originally called Mercheshald, comprises by admeasurement 806 acres, of which about 200 are arable, 420 pasture, and 180 woodland; the situation is low, and the soil generally a strong loam, resting on clay. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £14, and in the gift of W. Honywood, Esq.: the tithes have been commuted for £176, and the glebe comprises 32 acres. The church is a modern brick edifice, of octangular form, erected by General Honywood, and containing a finelyexecuted monument to Mrs. Mary Waters Honywood, who died aged 93, leaving 367 immediate descendants.

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

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