In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Wakes Colne like this:
COLNE-WAKES, a parish in Lexden district, Essex; on the river Colne and the Colne-Valley railway, 1 mile WNW of Chapel r. station, and 5¼ ESE of Halstead. It has a post office under Halstead. Acres, 1, 926. Real property, £3, 978. Pop., 535. Houses, 117. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged to the Wakes. Creping Hall is an old moated house. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £458.* Patron, the Earl of Verulam. The church is tolerable. Charities, £17.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Wakes Colne, in Colchester and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 30th April 2017
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