Borley is an Ancient Parish in the county of Essex.

Alternative names:

Parish church: Dedication Unknown

Parish registers begin:

  • Parish registers: 1652
  • Bishop’s Transcripts: 1780

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Adjacent Parishes

Parish History

The Imperial Gazetteer of England & Wales 1870

BORLEY, a parish in the district of Sudbury and county of Essex; on the verge of the county, at the river Stour, 2¼ miles NW of Sudbury r. station. Post Town, Sudbury. Acres, 776. Real property, £1,694. Pop., 190. Houses, 40. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £240. Patron, the Rev. Edward Bull. The church stands on a rising-ground; contains a monument to Sir Edward Waldegrave, master of the wardrobe to Queen Mary; and is very good.

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

A Topographical Dictionary of England 1848

BORLEY, a parish, in the union of Sudbury, hundred of Hinckford, N. division of Essex, 2¼ miles (N. W. by W.) from Sudbury; containing 188 inhabitants. This parish, which comprises 776a. 3r. 9p., and is bounded on the east by the river Stour, derives its name from the Saxon words signifying “Boar’s Pasture.” The manor, at the time of the Norman survey, belonged to Adeliza, Countess of Albemarle, half sister to William I.; and descended to many illustrious families closely allied to the crown: it afterwards passed to the Waldegrave family, whose descendants are the present proprietors. The living is a rectory, valued in the king’s books at £9, and in the gift of Earl Waldegrave: the tithes have been commuted for £276. 10., and there are 10½ acres of glebe. The church, which stands on an eminence commanding an extensive prospect, is a small ancient edifice, containing an elegant monument to the Waldegraves.

Source: A Topographical Dictionary of England by Samuel Lewis 1848

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  • County: Essex
  • Civil Registration District: Sudbury
  • Probate Court: Pre-1845 – Court of the Peculiar of the Archbishop of Canterbury in the Peculiar Deanery of Bocking, Post-1844 – Court of the Commissary of the Bishop of London (Essex and Hertfordshire Division)
  • Diocese: Pre-1846 – London, Post-1845 – Rochester
  • Rural Deanery: Pre-1845 – Bocking, Post-1844 – Hedingham
  • Poor Law Union: Sudbury
  • Hundred: Hinckford
  • Province: Canterbury

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