A History of the County of Essex: Volume 4, Ongar Hundred. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1956.
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No parish records are known to survive except the registers. Details of poor relief, 1776-1821, which are given below, come from returns made to Parliament and may not always be very accurate. (fn. 1) In 1776 a total of £70 was said to have been spent on poor relief. (fn. 2) The average for 1783-5 was £36. (fn. 3) The cost of relief was given as £140 for 1800-1, and for 1816-17. (fn. 4) Between those years it fluctuated, averaging slightly over £100 a year. Only once, in 1815-16, was it higher (£150) than in 1800-1. In 1817-18 it was given as £130, in 1819-20 as £116 and in 1820-1 as £100. (fn. 5)