Thomas Petit (fn. 24) (d. before 1602) left 5s. a year each
for the poor and 'poor folk's marriages'
to the parishes of Stanford Rivers and
Greenstead. It issued from lands in
Stanford Rivers. (fn. 25) In 1834 the money had not been
paid for at least 23 years. The owner of the land was
apparently willing to pay the charge in future but there
is no later record of the charity.
William Green, (fn. 26) by will dated 1554, devised a
rent charge of £2 to 12 poor inhabitants of Stanford
Rivers and £1 to 6 poor of Chipping Ongar. In 1786
it had not been paid since 1739.
Mary Rayner (fn. 27) of Greenstead, by will proved 1873,
left £400 for the upkeep of her family tomb and for
the provision of clothing for the most deserving poor of
Stanford Rivers. Although the primary trust was void
by the rule against perpetuities, small sums were spent
on the tombstone at various times. In 1950 the income
was £10 1s. 2d., which, together with the last year's
balance was enough to give 27 parishioners 10s. each
Jessie Matilda Berkeley (fn. 28) of Mere (Wilts.), by will
proved 1930, left £500 in trust for the upkeep
of the graveyard of the parish church and for the
benefit of the poor provided that her family vault
was maintained in good repair. (fn. 29) The income in 1950
was £20 8s. 4d., all of
which was spent on the graveyard.
Rep. Com. Char. (Essex), H.C. 216,
p. 243 (1835), xxi (1); cf. E.R.O., D/P 140/1/1 f. 143v.
||Cf. the 'anniversary' in the Church, in 1549 and earlier.
Rep. Com. Char. (Essex),
p. 243; cf. D/P 140/1/1 f. 138 f.
||Char. Com. files.
||The condition was void under the rule