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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CHARITIES FOR THE POOR.
Before 1778 a 2-a. field in the north-west corner of the parish, later called Town field, was given to the poor, perhaps by a member of the Gurliphant or Gurlivance family who lived in the parish in the 16th century. In 1816 the annual income was £1 10s.; in 1836, £3 which was carried to the poor rate. (fn. 1) No further record of the charity has been found.