Canewdon is a large parish set between Ashingdon, Paglesham and Stambridge which extends for several miles, surrounded by beautiful rolling countryside with the River Crouch to the North.
The name is derived from the Saxon 'hill of Cana's people, not after King Canute who was victorious in battle over Edmund Ironside in the nearby Crouch Valley. The remains of entrenchments, said to mark Canute's camp, lie near the parish by the River Crouch. Evidence of early settlements have been found in the area including bronze age artefacts and Roman red hills.
The impressive tower of Canewdon Church is said to have been built by Henry V in thanksgiving for his victory at the Battle of Agincourt. To the east of the church is the old village lock-up and stocks.
The modern day Canewdon offers a wide range of housing, within a close-knit village community. Nearby Wallasea Island is also part of the parish and is a popular centre for sailing and fishing, as well as home to the RSPB's Wallasea Island Wild Coast Project, a wetland sanctuary for wildlife.
The village boasts a public house, two village shops, two churches, two duck ponds, a large village green and a primary school. There is also a recreation ground with a large play area, basketball court and skateboard ramp, cricket and football pitch.
Did you know?
A bronze age oar dating from about 1000 BC was found in a riverbank and is the earliest example of oars being used in Northern Europe.