Wakes Colne: Charities for the poor

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A History of the County of Essex: Volume 10, Lexden Hundred (Part) Including Dedham, Earls Colne and Wivenhoe. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 2001.

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By deed dated 1460 John Allison and John Butler gave Hethes (later Obit) land, the Church house, and a meadow for the poor and church repairs. The endowment was misappropriated in the 16th century, but was recovered c. 1600. (fn. 1) Between 1733 and 1741 the income averaged c. £7 a year, which was distributed in cash to the poor. Cash distributions continued in the early 19th century, but in 1836 the income, c. £17, was distributed in calico. (fn. 2) Part of the land was sold to the parish in 1984 for a cricket pavilion. In 1995 the income was £270. (fn. 3)

J. L. Godlee, by will proved 1927, left £120 to the rector to be invested for the poor. In 1993 the income of the Godlee Trust was accumulating. (fn. 4)


  • 1. E.R.O., D/P 88/1/1; Morant, Essex, ii. 223.
  • 2. E.R.O., D/P 88/12/1, ff. 179v.-180, 193v.-195; D/P 88/12/2; 32nd Rep. Com. Char. 643.
  • 3. Inf. from Mr. I. Stratford.
  • 4. Char. Com. file.