In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Fairstead like this:
FAIRSTED, a parish in Witham district, Essex; 2¼ miles SW of White Notley r. station, and 4 WNW of Witham. Post town, White Notley, under Witham. Acres, 1,853. Real property, £2, 620. Pop., 351. Houses, 70. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £424.* Patron, the Bishop of Rochester. The church is ancient.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Fairstead, in Braintree and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
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