In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Chappel like this:
CHAPEL, Chappel, or Pontisbright, a parish in Lexden district, Essex; on the Colne river and the Colne Valley railway, 7 miles WNW of Colchester. It has a station, of the name of Chapel, on the railway; and its Post Town is Marks-Tey, under Colchester. Acres, 1,146. Real property, £2,021. Pop., 370. Houses, 86. The property is much subdivided. The living is a p. curacy, under the vicarage of Great Tey, in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £70. Patrons, the Parishioners. The church is old but good, and has a spire.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Chappel, in Colchester and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 06th February 2016
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