In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Sible Hedingham like this:
HEDINGHAM-SIBLE, a village and a parish in Halstead district, Essex. The village stands adjacent to the river Colne and the Colne-Valley railway, near CastleHedingham r. station, 3¼ miles NW of Halstead; and has a post office under Halstead, a public reading room and library, and a fair on Easter Tuesday. The parish comprises 5, 394 acres. Real property, £10, 998. Pop., 2, 123. Houses, 508. The property is much subdivided. The manor belonged to Robert Bigod, and passed to the De Veres. ...
Upwards of 40 acres are under hops. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £905. * Patron, the Rev. H. Warburton. The church is decorated English, in good condition; consists of nave, aisles, and chancel, with a tower; and contains memorials of Sir John Hawkhood, who figured as a warrior in the time of Edward III., and was a native of the parish. There are a Baptist chapel, a national school, an ancient chantry house now used as an alms house, and charities £76.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Sible Hedingham, in Braintree and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 25th May 2013
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