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Black Notley

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"NOTLEY (BLACK), a parish in the hundred of WITHAM, county of ESSEX, 1½ mile (S. by E.) from Braintree, containing 418 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Colchester, and diocese of London, rated in the king's books at £15, and in the patronage of Marmaduke Wyvill, Esq. The church is dedicated to St. Peter and St. Paul. There is a school for fifteen poor children, endowed by James Coker in 1702. On raising gravel, in 1752, some curious relics of antiquity were discovered, consisting of fragments of a fluted column and a vessel, both of copper, also an oblong blue glass vessel, with pieces of another, and of several glazed earthen urns. The learned William Bedell, Bishop of Kilmore, was born in this parish, in 1570, as was also John Ray, A.M., author of some works on Natural history." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]



  • Census returns are available from the usual sources for 1841-1911, which includes most copies held at the ERO, Wharf Rd, Chelmsford. More information on other ways to view these census returns on the Essex


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Historical Geography

  • Black Notley was a member of the Witham Hundred

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Black Notley was a member of the Braintree Poor Law Union