Dengie (St. James)

DENGIE (St. James), a parish, in the union of Maldon, hundred of Dengie, S. division of Essex, 2½ miles (N. E. by E.) from Southminster; containing 219 inhabitants. This parish consists of 2259 acres, of which 111 are common or waste; it is situated on the sea-coast, and is supposed to have been a landing-place and stronghold of the Danes during their predatory incursions into Britain. At the time of the Norman survey, the lands belonged to Odo, Bishop of Bayeux. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £13, and in the patronage of the Rev. O. Brock: the tithes have been commuted for £732, and the glebe consists of 13 acres. There is also a sinecure, called Bacon's portion, valued in the king's books at £4, and in the same patronage. The church is a small plain edifice, with a tiled roof.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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