"LAYER-BRETON, a parish in the hundred of
WINSTREE, county of ESSEX, 6 miles (S. W. by S.)
from Colchester, containing 259 inhabitants. The living
is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Colchester, and
diocese of London, rated in the king's books at £7.
The Rev. J. F. Benwell was patron in 1819. There is
a place of worship for Independents." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]