Chipping Ongar: Charities

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A History of the County of Essex: Volume 4, Ongar Hundred. Originally published by Victoria County History, London, 1956.

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The origin and terms of King's Charity (founded 1679) have been described above, in connexion with the King's Trust School. By a scheme made in 1905 £48 of capital was set aside for the provision, which had been customary, of £1 a year for bibles and 4s. for the sexton. (fn. 1)

Mrs. Septame Mitchell, by will proved 1804, left £50 in trust for a yearly distribution to the poor on 1 January. In 1834 a quartern loaf was given to each poor adult and a half quartern to each child. (fn. 2) In 1950 the income of £1 2s. 8d. was applied to the relief of the poor. (fn. 3)

Edward Sammes of Chipping Ongar, by will proved 1882, left £100 in trust for the purchase of tea and sugar to be given annually to 30 poor families of Chipping Ongar. The income was £2 8s. 8d. in 1950. (fn. 4)

In 1786 it was stated that William Green, by will dated 1554, devised a rent charge of £2 to 12 of the poorest inhabitants of Stanford Rivers and of £1 to six poor of Chipping Ongar, but that this had not been paid since 1739. Nothing was known of this charity in 1835 except that a suit-the result of which was unknown-had been instituted 'many years ago' to recover these bequests. (fn. 5)


  • 1. Char. Com. files.
  • 2. Rep. Com. Char. (Essex), H.C. 216, pp. 238-9 (1835), xxi (1); E.R.O., D/P 124/8/1 (entry Apr. 1806).
  • 3. Char. Com. files.
  • 4. Ibid.
  • 5. Rep. Com. Char. (Essex), p. 243.