In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Debden like this:
DEBDEN, or Depden, a village and a parish in Saffron-Walden district, Essex. The village stands 2¾ miles E of Newport r. station, and 3½ S by E of Saffron-Walden; and has a post office under Saffron-Walden, and a fair on 1 June. The parish comprises 4, 404 acres. Real property, £6, 049. ...
Pop., 942. Houses, 203. The property is divided among a few. The manor belonged, in the time of the Conqueror, to Ralph Peverell; and belongs now to Sir F. Vincent, Bart. Debden Hall was built in 1795, after designs by Holland. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £837.* Patron, Sir F. Vincent, Bart. The church is ancient; has monuments of the Chiswells; and is good. There are a national school and charities £104.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Debden, in Uttlesford and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th March 2017
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