Belchamp Otten is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Alternative names: Belchamp Otton

Parish church: St Ethelbert and All Saints

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1578
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1629; 1800

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The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BELCHAMP-OTTON, a parish in the district of Sudbury and county of Essex; on a small affluent of the river Stour, 4 miles NE of Yeldham r. station, and 5 W by N of Sudbury. Post Town, Belchamp-St. Paul, under Halstead. Acres, 1,693. Real property, £2,961. Pop., 375. Houses, 81. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £446. Patron, the representatives of the late Rev. E. H. Dawson. The church is good; and there are charities £21.

Source: The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales [Wilson, John M]. A. Fullarton & Co. N. d. c. [1870-72].

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

BELCHAMP-OTTON (St. Ethelbert and All Saints), a parish, in the union of Sudbury, hundred of Hinckford, N. division of Essex, 5¼ miles (N. by E.) from Castle-Hedingham; containing 389 inhabitants. This place derives the adjunct to its name from an ancient possessor called Otton, or Otho, who held it in the reign of Henry II., and whose descendant, Otho Fitz-William, was sheriff of Essex and Hertfordshire for several successive years. The parish contains some of the highest land in the county, and comprises about 1600 acres, the soil of which is of a clayey quality. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £12, and in the gift of the Rev. E. H. Dawson: the appropriate tithes belonging to the rector of Ovington have been commuted for £76. 15., and the incumbent’s for £443. 5.; there are 31 acres of glebe, of which 30 are annexed to Ovington. The church, a small edifice, was repaired in 1800, when a handsome tower was erected on the site of part of a more ancient structure of Norman character.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

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  • County: Essex
  • Civil Registration District: Sudbury
  • Probate Court: Court of the Archdeaconry of Middlesex (Essex and Hertfordshire Division)
  • Diocese: Pre-1846 – London, Post-1845 – Rochester
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1847 – Hedingham, Post-1846 – Yeldham
  • Poor Law Union: Sudbury
  • Hundred: Hinckford
  • Province: Canterbury

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