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 St Nicholas Churchyard, Canewdon, Essex, England

Latitude: 51.61770, Longitude: 0.73837
St Nicholas Churchyard

Cemetery notes and/or description:
Canewdon is a village in the Rochford District of Essex in England about a mile from the River Crouch. The origin of the name is unclear. It is believed by some to come from Canute the Great. The village is on a hill, and locally is claimed to be the site of an ancient camp used by King Canute, during a battle as part of his invasion of Essex in 1013. There is much superstition around the village, believed to be a centre of witchcraft. Legend has it that while the church tower stands, there will always remain six witches in Canewdon. Local folklore also has it that if you walk around the church seven times (anticlockwise) on Halloween you will see a witch, and thirteen times you will disappear. Both these stories can make the village a popular destination on Halloween, to the extent that the police have been known to seal off the village to non-residents.The 14th century church of St Nicholas, with its 15th century tower and porch, stands on a hill 128 feet above the marshes. The oldest part of the church is the outside wall of the north aisle which contains many Roman bricks, presumably from an earlier building. (text by Geoffrey Gillon)

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Ann Wolvet
Ann Wolvet
Buried 20 Jan 1667