Bobbingworth: 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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Robert Bourne of Blake Hall (see above), by will proved 1666, left a cottage and land to provide clothing at Christmas for four poor old people of the parish. (fn. 1) The rent was £4 5s. in 1708 and £13 in 1866 when the property was sold for £500 which was invested. The house seems to have been used before then as the parish poorhouse. (fn. 2) In 1950 the income of £13 9s. 4d. was used to buy clothing vouchers of £4.

John Pool, by will proved 1839, left £100 in trust for the repair of three graves in the churchyard. This was not legally a charitable bequest and the legacy was apparently never paid, although in 1921 it was thought that the income had once been received. (fn. 3)

For the Bell Acre see above-Church.


  • 1. Rep. Com. Char. (Essex), H.C. 216, p. 218 (1835), xxi (1).
  • 2. E.R.O., D/P 127/8, 25; see above- Parish Government and Poor Relief.
  • 3. Char. Com. files.