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ALPHAMSTONE - White’s History, Gazetteer & Directory of Essex ~ 1848

Submitted and Transcribed by Essex Villages

ALPHAMSTONE, a small village on an eminence overlooking the vale of the Stour, 5 miles N.E. by E. of Halstead, has in its parish 341 souls, and 1531a. of land.  It has a fair, for pleasure and pedlery, on the 1st Thursday in June.  Sir R. T. D. Neave, Bart., is lord of the manor, and owner of Clees Hall, a neat mansion occupied by E. Kemp Esq.; but Boxted Hall belongs to Jno. Start, Esq.; and Mrs. E Kemp, the Rev. R. B. Harvey, and several smaller owners, have estates here.

The Church is a small ancient structure, of flint, with a tower, short spire, and three bells.

The Rectory, valued in K.B. at £11, and in 1831 at £407, is in the patronage of the Lord Chancellor, and incumbency of the Rev. Hy. Hodges, M.A., who has 28a of glebe, and a neat residence, in the Elizabethan style, built about eight years ago.  The tithes were commuted in 1848, for £440 per annum.

For distribution at Christmas, the poor parishioners have the rents of two cottages and 2½a. of land, given by Thos. Clayton, in 1560, and now let for £8. 8s. per annum.  They have also 20s. yearly out of Twinstead Hall estate, pursuant of the bequest of Isaac Wincoll, who , in 1681, also charged the same estate with the payment of £1 each to the four parishes of Twinstead, Great Henny, Pebmarsh, and Lamarsh, for the poor.

Brown John Usher, brick & tile mkr

Cant Danl. & George, carpenters

Dixey John, wheelwright

Duffield Rev. Roger Dawson, M.A., chaplain to Duke of Cambridge, & curate of Lamarsh

Evans Allen, shoemaker

Hodges Rev. Henry, M.A., Rectory

Kemp Edw. Esq., Clees Hall

Messent Chas. Blacksmith & farrier

Norton Wm. Edw. Tailor

Nott Saml. victualler, Windmill

Pung George, corn miller

Silvester Wm. parish clerk

Toakley Chas. shopkeeper & carter



Buttle Thos. (and maltster)

Collins Charles, Kings Farm

Nott Samuel, Lee Moat

Podd Daniel  II  Podd John

Stuck John (& maltster) Stapleford


Letters from Sudbury.


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