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Layer Marney

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"LAYER-MARNEY, a parish in the hundred of WINSTREE, county of ESSEX, 7 miles (S. W.) from Colchester, containing 246 inhabitants. The living is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Colchester, and diocese of London, rated in the king's books at £15.3.4. Matthew Corsellis, Esq. was patron in 1828. The church, dedicated to St. Mary, is principally in the later style of English architecture, and contains several fine ancient monuments of the Marney family. In 1500, Sir Henry Marney erected Layer Marney hall, one of the earliest brick mansions in the kingdom; part of the south side, and the great entrance tower, which is very lofty, are yet standing. In an ancient brick edifice, about fifty yards from the church, William de Marney, in 1330, founded a college, for a warden and two chaplains." [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

  • Layer Marney was a member of the Winstree Hundred

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