History of North Benfleet

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All Saints Church, North Benfleet.
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History of North Benfleet >> White's Directory 1848

White's Directory of Essex 1848

BENFLEET, (NORTH) a small village, 3 miles West of Rayleigh, and 6 miles East South East of Billericay, has in its parish 364 souls, and 2389 acres of land, including part of Canvey Island, distant 4 miles South of the church.

It includes the estates of North Bentfleet Hall, Berdfelds, and Fan Hall, now belonging to the Wingfield, Goldson, Graham, Sparks, and other families.

It was held by King Harold, and afterwards by the Conquerer. In 1263, Alex. de Benfleet, or Bemfleet, held the hall estate, which afterwards passed successively to the Coggeshall, Tyrell, Wiseman, Goodwin, and Wingfield families.

The Church (All Saints,) is a small antique structure, with a tower and five bells; and the rectory, valued in K.B. at £16, and in 1831 at £600, is in the patronage and incumbency of the Rev, C.R. Rowlatt, M.A. who has a good residence, and 20A. of glebe. The tithes were commuted in 1839.

Most of the farmers reside in the neighbouring parishes, and the three largest are Robert Goldson, John Sparks and Edward Fulford

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North Benfleet - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798

North Benfleet - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805

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