Messing (All Saints)
MESSING (All Saints), a parish, in the union of Witham, Witham division of the hundred of Lexden, N. division of Essex, 3 miles (E.) from Kelvedon; containing 758 inhabitants. It comprises by measurement 2173 acres, of which 160 are woodland, and the remainder, with the exception of a few acres of pasture, all arable; the situation is elevated, and the soil generally light, and moderately fertile. The village has many handsome houses in its neighbourhood, and the beauty of the scenery renders it an agreeable place of residence. A fair is held on the first Tuesday in July. The living is a vicarage, valued in the king's books at £8; patron and impropriator, the Earl of Verulam: the tithes have been commuted for £430, and the glebe comprises 30 acres. The church is a handsome edifice, with an east window decorated with paintings of the six Christian graces: Sir William de Messing, the founder, was formerly represented in wood, in the north wall, recumbent, as a Knight Templar, but the figure was removed some years since.