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From: "Ian Hunter" <>
Subject: RE: Where is Stifford?
Date: Fri, 21 Mar 2003 10:56:34 -0000
I've just added this from the White's 1848 to my descriptions of Essex
*STIFFORD is a healthy and pleasant village, in a finely undulated and
richly wooded country, on the south side of the Purfleet, or Marditch
brook, 2 miles N. of the Thames, 3 miles W. of Orsett, and 19 miles E.
of London. Its parish contains about 350 inhabitants, and 1547 acres of
land. It had its name from a ford which crossed the brook near the
present bridge, and the farm called Ford Place, which was the seat of
the late Rev. Dr. Hogarth. Another farm, called Flethall, or Clays, is a
mile N.E. of the church. Stifford Lodge is the pleasant seat of J. B.
Freman, Esq., but R. B. Wingfield is lord of the manor, and he and Wm.
Wingfield, Esq., are owners of nearly all the parish. The Embroiderers'
Company were formerly lords of the manor and owners of the advowson. The
Church (Virgin Mary,) is an ancient structure of flint and stone, with a
tower containing three bells, and crowned by a single spire. It has a
nave, south aisle, chancel, and south chapel, and on the floor are
several ancient brasses. The rectory, valued in K.B. at £15, and in 1831
at £507, is the patronage of R. B. Wingfield, Esq., and incumbency of
the Rev. Wm. Palin, M.A., who has a good residence, and 26A. of glebe.
The tithes were commuted, in 1836, for £450 per annum. The poor
parishioners have a yearly rent-charge of 20S., out of Cat's mead, left
by John Durninge, in 1631. The parish School was built at the cost of
£200, in 1840, by R. B. Wingfield, Esq., and is chiefly supported by
And I've just noticed a typo GRRRR!!
Ian Pubby Hunter
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From: Ruth Aylett [mailto:]
Sent: Thursday, March 20, 2003 7:45 PM
Subject: Where is Stifford?
I have a will from 1766 for a William AYLETT of Stifford, in Essex. I
find a North Stifford, down the road from South Ockendon - do people
more local knowledge think this is likely to be the place in question,
are there any other candidates? That two of the executors come from
and Horden on the Hill, not so far away, do make me think this is
Out of curiousity, was there ever a South, East or West Stifford?
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