The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales...., by John Marius Wilson. circa 1866
BELCHAMP-OTTON, a parish in the district of Sudbry and county of Essex; on a small affluent of the river Stour, 4 miles NE of Yeldham r. station, and 5 W by N of Sudbury. Post-town, Belchamp St. Paul, under Halstead. Acres, 1,693. Real property, £2,961. Pop., 375. Houses, 81. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £446. Patron, the representatives of the late Rev. E.H. Dawson. The church is good, and there are charities £21.
Transcribed by Noel Clark
KELLY'S DIRECTORY OF ESSEX 1933
BELCHAMP OTTEN is a parish, 4½ miles south-east from Clare station on the Stour Valley branch of the London and North Eastern railway, 8½ north-east from Halstead and 6 west from Sudbury, in the Saffron Walden division of the county, hundred of Hinckford North, Hinckford petty sessional division, county court district of Sudbury, rural district and rural deanery of Belchamp, archdeaconry of Colchester and Chelmsford diocese. The church of St. Ethelbert and All Saints is a small building of flint stone and plaster, in the Early English and Norman styles, consisting of chancel, nave, south porch and a small tower at the west end containing 3 bells: there is a stained window in the chancel, erected by the Rev. Edward Goodall Dawson, rector 1864-99, in memory of his parents: the church affords 200 sittings. The registers of baptisms, burials and marriages date from the year 1563. The living is a rectory, net yearly value £200, with residence, in the gift of and held since 1899 by the Rev. Harry Piper Parmenter B.A. of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. The Rev. H. P. Parmenter B.A. who is lord of the manor, the trustees of the Rev. E. C. Parmenter and the trustees of the late Mrs. A. V. Thistlewood are the principal landowners. The soil is clay and loam; subsoil, clay. The chief crops are wheat, beans and barley. The area is 1,737 acres; the population in 1931 was 170.
Letters received from Clare, Suffolk. Gestingthorpe is the nearest T. office
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