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 St James, Dengie, Essex, England

Latitude: 51.67799, Longitude: 0.87594
St James

Cemetery notes and/or description:
Dengie is a village and civil parish in the Maldon district of Essex, It gives its name to the Dengie peninsula and the Dengie Hundred (a hundred is a geographic division formerly used in England, and some parts of the United States, which historically was used to divide a larger region into smaller administrative divisions.) The peninsula lies to the east of Chelmsford, the county town of Essex and is formed by the tidal Rivers Blackwater and Crouch along its north and south boundary and the mouth of the Thames Estuary along its eastern edge. The resulting Dengie Marshes form a vitally significant area for wildlife. With all this mud and water around it is perhaps surprising to find that the area is the driest part of England with, on average, less annual rainfall than the Sahara Dessert! It was once part of a tropical sea the land rose to become a home to dinosaurs whose fossilised bones are still being found. The first written record of the village is in AD 709 when it was known as Denginae/Dengingei. The Domesday book recognised its name but the Dengie 100 has been the home to man since iron age man discovered the rich soil and the mild maritime climate. The 14th century church of St James is the parish Church for the village. The original dates of the church are unknown although the nave and chancel were rebuilt in the 14th century.The walls use Roman bricks, rare yellow bricks and a mix of brown stone, flint and pebble. The Churchyard has not been used for over 50 years. Burials now take place at the extension churchyard about 250 yards to the east of the church. (text by Geoffrey Gillon)