In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Gestingthorpe like this:
GESTINGTHORPE, or Guestingthorpe, a village and a parish in the district of Sudbury and county of Essex. The village stands on a small affluent of the river Stour, 3¼ miles NNE of Castle-Hedingbam r. station, and 4¼ WSW of Sudbury; and has a post office under Halstead. The parish comprises 2, 630 acres. ...
Real property, £5, 103. Pop., 769. Houses, 183. The property is much subdivided. The living is twofold, a vicarage and a sinecure rectory, in the diocese of Rochester. Value of the vicarage, £150;* of the rectory, £454. Patron of both, P. Elwes, Esq. The church is old but good; and has a tower. Charities, £16.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Gestingthorpe, in Braintree and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 28th April 2017
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