North Ockendon - St Mary Magdalene _Poyntz Reliefs
Sir Gabriel Poyntz (d. 1608) erected several monuments to himself, his son and his daughter, and to many of his ancestorors. Collectively, they are quite staggering. In 1644 his descendant Richard Poyntz found a rather more useful means of spending money: he left £200 in his will for the poor of North Ockendon. In 1647 the legacy, supplemented by £24 belonging to the parish, was used to buy about 40 acres of land at Horndon-on-the-Hill. The annual income from this land was used to provide clothing, coal, bedding, and money for the poor for the next 300 years.