In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described Ingatestone like this:
INGATESTONE, a small town, a parish, and a subdistrict, in Chelmsford district, Essex. The town stands on the Eastern Counties railway, 5 miles NE of Brentwood; is but partly in Ingatestone parish, more largely in Fryerning parish; took its name from the words " ing, " "atte, " " stone, " signifying "the meadow at the mile stone, " is supposed to be on a Roman road, at a spot where a mile stone stood; was, at one time, a place of much importance, with a considerable market; consists now chiefly of one street; and has a railway station, a head post office, ‡ a good inn, gas works, a church, an independent chapel, alms houses, and a cattle fair on 1 and 2 Dec. ...
The church has a lofty brick tower, and contains monuments of the Petre family. The almshouses were founded in 1157, for 12 poor Roman Catholics, by Sir William Petre, Bart.; and rebuilt in 1840, by Lord Petre.The parish comprises 2, 678 acres. Real property, £5, 023. Pop., 882. Houses, 200. The property is divided among a few. Ingatestone Hall is a very ancient irregular edifice; was formerly a seat of the Petre family; is now occupied by several Roman Catholic families; and has attached to it a Roman Catholic chapel. The Hyde is the seat of the Disneys. The living is a rectory, united with the vicarage of Buttsbury, in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £561.* Patron, Lord Petre.The sub-district contains eleven parishes. Acres, 27, 534. Pop., 6, 573. Houses, 1, 405.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Ingatestone, in Brentwood and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 10th December 2013
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