"OAKLEY (LITTLE), a parish in the hundred of
TENDRING, county of ESSEX, 4½ miles (S. W. by W.)
from Harwich, containing 262 inhabitants. The living
is a rectory, in the archdeaconry of Colchester, and
diocese of London, rated in the king's books at
£13. 11. 0. Thomas Scott, Esq; was patron in 1800.
The church is dedicated to St. Mary." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]