"DOWNHAM, a parish in the hundred of BARSTABLE,
county of ESSEX, 4 miles (E. by N.) from
Billericay, containing 315 inhabitants. The living is a
rectory, in the archdeaconry of Essex, and diocese of
London, rated in the king's books at £12. 2. 8.
R. B. De Beauvoir, Esq. was patron in 1827. The
church is dedicated to St. Margaret." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]