History of Virley
Remains of St Mary's Church, Virley.
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History of Virley >> White's Directory 1848
White's Directory of Essex 1848
VIRLEY, or Salcott Virley, is a small parish at the head of the creek, opposite Salcott, 8 miles South South West of Colchester. It contains only 68 souls, and 626 acres of land.
At the domesday survey it belonged to Robert de Verli, and since 1370, it has been held by the Lee, De Vere, and other families. T.N. Abdy, Esq., is now lord of the manor, but part of the soil belongs to Sir William Abdy, Bart., and a few smaller owners.
An estate, called Abbot's Wic, formerly belonging to the Abbot of St, 0syth, is on the north side of the parish.
The Church (Virgin Mary,) is a small antique structure, and the living is a rectory, valued in K.B. at £7.13s.4d., and in 1831 at £140. It is in the gift of the-Rev. C.S. Coxwell, and incumbency of the Rev. James Cox, M.A., who resides at Tolleshunt Knights, and has here 19A. of glebe, but no parsonage. The tithes have been commuted for £126 per annum; and the poor have £5 a year from Abdy's Charity.
The Farmers are Henry Blyth, Great Paynes; John Blyth, Barns Hall; Executors of Gideon Heard, Virley Hall; Mary Ann Palmer, shoemaker and victualler, White Hart; and William Tiffin, butcher and blacksmith.
If you wish to trace any of these people on the census returns, the nearest census date for this 1848 directory is the 1851 census.
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