In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Berden like this:
BERDEN, or Berdon, a parish in the district of Bishop-Stortford, and county of Essex; 4½ miles NW of Elsenham r. station, and 6 N by W of Bishop-Stortford. It has a post office under Bishop-Stortford. Acres, 1,771.-Real property, £2,856. Pop., 414. Houses, 82. The property is divided among a few. ...
A small Augustinian priory was founded here in the reign of Henry III.; was given, at the dissolution, to Henry Parker; and passed to the hospitals of Christchurch, Bridewell, and St. Thomas. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £170.* Patron, Christ's Hospital. The church is ancient. The Rev. Joseph Mede, author of the "Clavis Apocalyptica," was a native.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Berden, in Uttlesford and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 24th March 2017
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