In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Cressing like this:
CRESSING, a parish in Braintree district, Essex; adjacent to the river Brain and the Braintree railway, 3½ miles SE of Braintree. It has a post office under Braintree. Acres, 2, 357. Real property, £4, 591. Pop., 582. Houses, 138. The property is divided among a few. A preceptory of the Knights Templars, afterwards of the Knights Hospitallers, was at Cressing-Temple. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £220.* Patron, the Vicar of Witham. The church has the monument of a Nevill, and a brass; and is very good. There is an Independent chapel.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Cressing, in Braintree and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 28th March 2017
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