"HORKSLEY (LITTLE), a parish in the Colchester
division of the hundred of LEXDEN, county of ESSEX,
2½ miles (S. W. by S.) from Nayland, containing 238 inhabitants.
The living is a perpetual curacy, in the archdeaconry
of Colchester, and diocese of London, endowed
with £1200 royal bounty. Mrs. Warren and E. C.
Warren, Esq. were patrons in 1825. The church is dedicated
to St. Peter and St. Paul. Here was a priory of
Cluniac monks, subordinate to the monastery of Thetford
in Norfolk, founded in the reign of Henry I. by Robert
Fitz-Godebold, and Beatrix his wife, and valued at the
dissolution at £27. 7. 11. per annum. The navigable
river Stour runs along the northern side of this parish." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]