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"MESSING, a parish in the Witham division of the hundred of LEXDEN, county of ESSEX, 5½ miles (S. E.) from Great Coggeshall, containing 705 inhabitants. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Colchester, and diocese of London, rated in the kings books at £8, and in the patronage of the Earl of Verulam. The church is dedicated to All Saints; the east window is decorated with paintings of the six Christian graces, supposed to have been the gift of the Chibbornes, in the reign of James I. Sir William de Messing, the founder, is represented in the north wall by a recumbent wooden figure of a Knight Templar. A school for the education of poor children has a small endowment." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) -


  • 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

  • Messing was a member of the Lexden Hundred

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