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Our village, Ashingdon,is in the south east of Essex/East Anglia, around 5 miles above Southend on Sea. It is set amongst beautiful countryside , just a mile or so from the River Crouch. But, that countryside has been the site of some quite bloody history.
On saturday I went, for the first time since we moved to the village in December,to our historic local Church , St Andrews which has also been known as Ashingdon Minster. Now, this church was built around 1020 by King Canute, in recognition of the efforts of his troops in defeating King Edmund at the battle of Nessenduna (as Ashingdon was then known).Canute had travelled along the Crouch and set up camp in nearby Canewden. Edmund, then came to Ashingdon and there was a battle in a field below where the church now stands and Canute won and later became king of ‘All England’
He later built the chuch in honour, not only, of his troops but also King Edmund.The first priest at the church was named Stigand and he later became Archbishop of Canterbury for 18 years, during which time he crowned king Harold and, it is believed, William the conqueror as King of England.Archbishop Stigand is depicted in the Bayeux tapestry.So,my new home has some history but it also has beautiful scenery….here it is.


large parts of the church have been rebuilt and added to over the centuries but, it is believed there are some broken peices of roman plates etc in the original rubble walls.


The river Crouch can be seen in the distance….just under a mile away from the church. On the other side of the river is North Fambridge and a little further up (also on the other/north side of the river) is the better known Burnham on Crouch.

It’s not known for certain which of the fields the battle took place in but it was one of those below the church.the church on top of the hill on the distance is that of the neighbouring village Canewden, about 2 miles away.

So, forget the nonsense you see/hear/read in the media about Essex…..every county has it plonkers, not just Essex.And, being a reasonably sized county, it has diverse landscapes but there really is some beautiful countryside and, also, some history in Essex….not just people who can’t talk properly and opportunists who act the fool on so called ‘reality’ shows!
Thanks for looking.
Happy gardening
Paul.

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Thank you so much for your lovely interesting piece of history and beautiful countryside which you now live in.

20 Jul, 2015

 

Paul you have made my day with this blog, I am and always have been interested in history, in fact I have spent this afternoon watching Timeteam, I have skyplus set to record every episode and then I watch them at my leisure, only last week I watched an episode about Canute and this very area was where they were digging and telling the history, hows that for coincidence.
Great read and the photo's are smashing, it does look a lovely area...Adding to my favs, now going back for another read, later I'm going to find that episode again...

20 Jul, 2015

 

Oh, I'm glad you found it of interest Lincs and Kath...I'm not a history buff (that's more Julie's thing) but lovely to,think all this happened a stone's throw from your own home.
And we are surrounded by stunning countryside...well, just a short walk away in most directions.

20 Jul, 2015

 

What an interesting blog Paul with super photos. Like Lincslass I am also fasinated by history. Thanks for posting :))

20 Jul, 2015

 

Paul that is so interesting - what a lot of history is never mentioned at school. That church has really stood the test of time!

20 Jul, 2015

 

I haven't heard any nonsense about Essex. In fact I don't know anything about it at all.

Your blog was interesting. It's a lovely area - not a hill in sight :) I get fed up with hills, so it was nice to see your photos :)

20 Jul, 2015

 

Ha ha....we were on top of the hill Hywel. It is very hill around where we live but I love that! Essex gets a very bad press....people just started on the county some years ago and others just latched on and talk as though Essex people are different to everywhere else which is ridiculous.

20 Jul, 2015

 

It's a lovely church Steragram.....I didn't take any pictures of the inside but all the pews are very old, not really modern and everything has been kept very traditional.

20 Jul, 2015

 

People are people everywhere. Why would they be worse in Essex ?
Hills are hills, but you don't have any in Essex. Those are just bumps in the ground :)

20 Jul, 2015

 

What a great blog Paul.

20 Jul, 2015

 

Lovely countryside, Paul, and great to see those wonderful low horizons and eastern skies!

How interesting to find out about your new surroundings. Everywhere has its unique history, and it is just ridiculous to stereotype people or places. I am a southerner, but it really annoys me to hear how people dis the north, with its beautiful countryside and wonderful towns. Prejudice is always based in ignorance.

20 Jul, 2015

 

Thanks Linda and MelchiS.....
I don't think these silly TV shows, only way is Essex etc have helped.but, yes, it's ridiculous ...there's good,bad , daft, clever etc etc , people everywhere.
But, the Essex girl comment gets me.........I married an Essex girl but that just tells you where she was born nothing else about her. (and she married an Essex boy)

20 Jul, 2015

 

Yes, I think u are probably right, Hywel about our hills being little bumps n the ground......in comparison!ha ha!

20 Jul, 2015

 

:D lol ... just teasing :)

20 Jul, 2015

 

Beautiful pictures and wonderful interesting history Paul. I ve belonged to my own city s history site for a number of years now set up by a bloke called Rob Orland who thought our city had some great history its attracted historians writer tv even Americans for book films also the normal people who contribute past memories of their ancestors which historians dont know.

I ve never heard any thing bad about Essex either only blondes live there with their fashion lol You have some great people there yourself and Julie Toto and Milky my best friend now dead on another garden site was Roden from Essex.

20 Jul, 2015

 

Beautiful pictures and wonderful interesting history Paul. I ve belonged to my own city s history site for a number of years now set up by a bloke called Rob Orland who thought our city had some great history its attracted historians writer tv even Americans for book films also the normal people who contribute past memories of their ancestors which historians dont know.

I ve never heard any thing bad about Essex either only blondes live there with their fashion lol You have some great people there yourself and Julie Toto and Milky my best friend now dead on another garden site was Roden from Essex.

20 Jul, 2015

 

Well dont know whats happened there its duplicated and has me as Iciar not Thrupennybit. Ahrr I m back as 3d bit

20 Jul, 2015

 

Thank you Iciar...glad u found it interesting.
Yes, it's just silly stereotyping but I'm sure some people believe all the nonsense they see on TV.

20 Jul, 2015

 

Oh, right ....I wondered who Iciar was Dawn as it seemed to be someone who used to be on here a while ago because Milky as far as I'm aware hasn't been on her in ages!!
I don't remember that Prifile of yours...just Morgana and Sixpence!!
How are you these days

20 Jul, 2015

 

Paul that was a really interesting blog and photo 5 was not unlike a sort of L S Lowry look well it did to me :)

20 Jul, 2015

 

I see what you mean Kids gran........we have a Lowry print of farm buildings which, I suppose isn't dis similar.we haven't put it up in this house as it is in a heavy dark mahogany coloured frame and I don't really think it fits with the decor.

20 Jul, 2015

 

Its re christened me Paul lol gave me a new name . The site would nt let me back as Sixpence so I had to go for 3d bit devalued my self ;0)) I m getting by Paul how are you and Julie lovely blog.

20 Jul, 2015

 

I'm pleased so many of you are I tested thanks for your lovely comments.....including Waddy......I just scrolled back through the comments and must've missed yours earlier...sorry. I think,sometimes, you can be replying to an earlier comment and someone else is putting a comment on at the same time and you don't see it....
Either that or my eyes are worse than I thought...ha ha!

20 Jul, 2015

 

Yes, we like it in our new home and Paddy although he's getting a little (not a lot) slower now so we don't take him walking too long distances.Hes and old fella now!!

20 Jul, 2015

 

Not your eyes Paul its happened to me in the past too.

This is what Iciar stands for. Have nt got a clue who the member was

https://www.aimiconf.org/iciar14/

20 Jul, 2015

 

Its often Lincslass who turns up as Iciar!......

Paul what a fascinating blog, so much history in our small country, looking at those flat fields you can almost hear the roar and clash of opposing forces....

as to not knowing quite where the battle was, I'm in Leicestershire and the battle of Bosworth was thought to be in a certain field near the market town, they built a visitors centre and everything.....
then some bright sparks proved it was actually in a field two miles away.....oops!

The church looks ancient, they have a feeling of their own ancient buildings don't they.....if those walls could talk what tales they could tell.....

21 Jul, 2015

 

Oh, so , it logs someone in as somebody else's profile? How weird!
Yes, the business about the field is obviously quite well disputed here. A chap was chatting to us and it seemed that different people have different ideas.
He also told me that some people talk nonsense about the name of the nearby village of Canewden....some, I suppose understandably think it is a reference to Canute but the name actually predates Canute by approx 400 years and actually comes from the Saxon term ' Hill of the Canas People' (whoever they were!!)

21 Jul, 2015

 

Well ain't that a beggar, for a minute there I thought thats weird I don't remember writing that, then when scrolling down I realised Iciar had deserted me and was playing in 3d 's pages instead, Pam have you noticed the baby always appears when we have gremlins in the works, our search boxes were playing up yesterday.
I think Iciar was connected to the founder members in some way as his/her blogs were way back when Goy was in its very early stages, I used to worry when it happened but now I just find it funny, I figured as long as I'm not upsetting or insulting anyone then there's no real harm done...

21 Jul, 2015

 

Yes, very strange ....that! I never did understand technology, web sites etc!

21 Jul, 2015

 

Whoever he/she was they had a honeymoon in India as it says so under one of their pics, I think their last comment was in 2008, I checked it out a couple of years back Paul when I was worried because I used to appear quite regularly as Iciar...

21 Jul, 2015

 

I appeared quite often as Iciar too a couple of years ago, but he/she's been lying low for a while until these past few days.

21 Jul, 2015

 

Yes that's right Stera, I thought maybe we had her sorted, never have known whether its a he/she but I myself have always thought lady member because of her pics...

21 Jul, 2015

 

Strange that.......I can't say I remember hearing of this happening before but I do remember the name from when I first joined GOY in Jan 2009(or was it 2008?) (as Paulthegardener)
I also remember the first person who commented on something I put up...it was Jacque......does any one remember her? She was very active for a little while but then she started working full time and said she didn't have time for Goy anymore. One thing I remember about her was she always said she thought my Lavender circle in my Bird Bath bed (at my last house) was actually not in my garden.

21 Jul, 2015

 

Have I read that right ? Milky is dead ? I hope not, even though she doesn't come on here now :(

21 Jul, 2015

 

Eh....? No, I think Dawn was referring to someone she knew on another gardening website.....well, that's how I read it Hywel!

21 Jul, 2015

 

I hope so. A lack of punctuation marks confuse me. I don't know where one sentence ends and the next one starts.

21 Jul, 2015

 

I remember Jacque as she was really helpful when I first joined GoY as Megan75 back in 2010. I have just searched for her and found her last blog was in August 2011! Fluff was another member I recall ...

21 Jul, 2015

 

Oh....perhaps she came back again then.I didn't realise her profile was still active.
I don't remember Fluff or Megan75

21 Jul, 2015

 

I remember Jacque. She was very friendly. Fluff too.
Irish was another very friendly member who disappeared suddenly.

The only thing I remember about Milky was that she was always moaning about 'men' ... she got on my nerves a bit. She must have had some problem with them.

21 Jul, 2015

 

This is so interesting and the beautiful rural landscape looks so peaceful and serene.

The Church is lovely and is in such a perfect setting.

24 Jul, 2015

 

Thank you Wildrose....yes we are very lucky to have been able to move to such a beautiful area.We love all the countryside and river walks in this area!

24 Jul, 2015

 

Isn't Canewden connected with witchcraft? I recall, I think, reading that the Witchfinder General gave the place a wide berth. Now why would he do that? Maybe falsely-accused people were easier prey!

24 Jul, 2015

 

Ha ha....yes, there's a lot online about supposed witches in Canewden and their graves being in the churchyard.
Canewden was even once named (by someone or another) 'Britain's most haunted village and ghost hunts have been held there.
The area is full of history and in the village of Paglesham(just up the river from Canewden),there are graves which are said to be those of pirates!

24 Jul, 2015

 

That's interesting, Paul. In Cromarty, where we holiday regularly, there's a small graveyard with what have traditionally been known locally as "pirates' graves". Apparently, though, this is simply because they are engraved with the skull and crossbones - just a symbol of death, and nothing to do with pirates at all! It's a romantic idea, however, and we always visit it when we are there.

24 Jul, 2015

 

Well, there is some thought that it's true as, of course, it's near the rivers Crouch, Roche and Blackwater which are not far from the Thames Estuary and North Sea. And, Paglesham , where there were many ship owners, was known as the smuggling capital of the area. And, the church at Canewden was used to hide a lot of the contraband.

24 Jul, 2015

 

This was a great Blog Paul. Sorry I missed it before! i am also fascinated by different parts of the UK. Whenever we fly to Stanstead and get the train to London, I always enjoy the Essex countryside we see from the train. I think it is a lovely county and all the Marshy bits, and the Willows everywhere. This area where you live looks so pretty and peaceful, and the church is really something with its different materials and great history. Thank you for posting it! As for Essex girls and Lads....as you say, no different to people everywhere (except in Yorkshire of course, where the people are somehow just that bit special ;). )

26 Jul, 2015

 

Ha ha...no comment! As I don't actually know any Yorkshire people!
In the part of Essex you refer to Karen(Stansted area) ie North Essex, there really is some wonderful countryside. my sister in law lived (for over 40 years) not that many miles from Stansted in a village called Ashdon(near Saffron Waldron) and it is beautiful there. We are further south (about 50 miles, I suppose) and, there are a lot more industrial areas in the south of Essex but still lots of countryside.Particulalry as we have now moved quite a way East from the more industrial part of Essex.Obviously, the nearer to London (to the west of Essex) you get,the more imdustrialisd and built up the areas are...particulalry by the Thames, of course.

26 Jul, 2015

 

Very fitting that you should have real pirates in your area, Paul!

27 Jul, 2015

 

Yes, I feel quite at home!

28 Jul, 2015

 

Lol!

29 Jul, 2015

 

Paul I am a Yorkshire person so you sort of know one!

29 Jul, 2015

 

Oh right....ha ha. That's good!
I remember the comedians at my sons old holiday camp saying ?.You know when there's Yorkshire folk in....you hear the Yorkshire battle cry at the bar ....How much??
I am sure it's not true!!

30 Jul, 2015

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