In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Rayne like this:
RAYNE, a village and a parish in Braintree district, Essex. The village stands on the river Brain, 1¾ mile W of Braintree r. station; and has a post-office under Braintree. The parish comprises 1, 676 acres. Real property, £3, 374. Pop., 401. Houses, 82. The property is subdivided. The manor belongs to the Earl of Essex. Clay for white bricks is worked. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £480.* Patron, the Earl of Essex. The church was rebuilt in 1840. Charities, £5.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Rayne, in Braintree and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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