In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Colne Engaine like this:
COLNE-ENGAINE, or Little Colne, a village and a parish in Halstead district, Essex. The village occupies a rising-ground on the left side of the river Colne, 1½ mile WNW of Colne r. station, and 2½ ESE of Halstead; and has a post office, of the name of Colne-Engaine, under Halstead. ...
The parish comprises 2, 444 acres. Real property, £4, 680. Pop., 627. Houses, 142. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged anciently to the Engaines; and passed to the Sherreves, to Colchester priory, and to the De Veres. Colne Park is a principal residence; and near it is an Ionic column by Soane. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £680.* Patron, Christ's Hospital. The church is very good.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Colne Engaine, in Braintree and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 23rd March 2017
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