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CO G GES HALL,
IN THE COUNTY OF ESSEX.
BRYAN DALE, M.A.
" THINGS ABB NOT TO BE VALUED ON ACCOUNT OF PLACES, BUT
" There be of them that have left a name behind them;
That their praises might be reported :
A. 1. COVENTRY, PRINTER, MARKET END, COGGESHALL.
I HAVE arranged in the following pages such materials as have been collected during a short period of investigation, and added only a few connecting links. The result in every work of the kind bears little proportion to the labor bestowed upon it; and in order to write a complete parish history one should understand all mysteries and all knowledge. Much more remains to be obtained from sources which I have partially, or not at all examined; and the reader will doubtless observe inaccuracies in statements of fact and modes of expression : but I prefer to issue now what is here collected, however imperfect, to delay with the chance of its being altogether laid aside. Some things will probably be new to most readers, and afford a glimpse of men who lived long ago, and the times that went over them. If space permitted, I should have extended considerably the particulars relating to religious and ecclesiastical matters, which are frequently ignored in parish histories; but I have refrained from unnecessarily obtruding my opinions to the offence of others. Adopting the