Robert Bourne of Blake Hall (see above), by will
proved 1666, left a cottage and land to
provide clothing at Christmas for four
poor old people of the parish. (fn. 74) The
rent was £4 5s. in 1708 and £13 in 1866 when the
property was sold for £500 which was invested. The
house seems to have been used before then as the parish
poorhouse. (fn. 75) In 1950 the income of £13 9s. 4d. was
used to buy clothing vouchers of £4.
John Pool, by will proved 1839, left £100 in trust
for the repair of three graves in the churchyard. This
was not legally a charitable bequest and the legacy was
apparently never paid, although in 1921 it was thought
that the income had once been received. (fn. 76)
For the Bell Acre see above-Church.
Rep. Com. Char. (Essex), H.C. 216,
p. 218 (1835), xxi (1).
||E.R.O., D/P 127/8, 25; see above-
Parish Government and Poor Relief.
||Char. Com. files.