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Althorne Parish Council

The Parish Hall,

Summerhill (Burnham Road), Althorne,



Telephone: 01621 744825

Serving the residents of Althorne






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Althorne Parish Council

The rural village of Althorne is a civil parish in the County of Essex England. It is located about 17 miles  (by road) east-southeast from the Essex County town of Chelmsford. 

Althorne is in the Maldon District, in the parliamentary constituency of Maldon & East Chelmsford, and in the European Parliamentary  constituency of East Of England

Parish Boundary Map

The parish nestles close to the River Crouch and is one of the parishes that form part of what was, in Saxon times, the Dengie hundred. It is now referred to as the Dengie Peninsula, because it is the peninsula of land that lies between the Blackwater Estuary to the north, the River Crouch to the south and the North Sea to the east. The river Crouch has its source in Little Burstead, south of Billericay. It becomes tidal to the west of Battlesbridge and forms part of the estuary with the river Roach. The North Benfleet Brook is a major tributary and joins the main river at its tidal limit.

In medieval England an hundred was the division of a shire for administrative, military and judicial purposes under common law. Originally, when introduced by the Saxons between 613 and 1017, a hundred had enough land to sustain approximately one hundred households headed by an hundred-man or hundred elder.

The  village is situated around the junction of the B1010 and the B1018.  See Local Maps

Being a rural coastal village there are some beautiful country and coastal walks. The area along the river coast has been designated as an SSSI and, therefore, is subject of stricter planning control. An SSSI is a Site of Special Scientific Interest designated for the national importance of it's biological, geological or hypsographical features. SSSIs represent a cross-section of Britain?s natural features.


Historically the village has been a farming district with a small population. The largest percentage of land in the village is still devoted to farming, but with mechanisation the numbers employed on the land has steadily declined. Despite this, the population of the village has been increasing with most of the working population commuting out of the district to work. Statistics from the 2001 census indicate that the average distance traveled to work by the  working population (16 to 74 age group) was 24.88 miles.  A fast rail service from Althorne Station to London has been a major contributor to the population growth. In 1811 the population of the village was just 300. By the time of the 2001 census the population had increased to 1104.  

A small part of Bridgemarsh Island comes within the Althorne Parish boundary and the other, larger part, is within the Parish of Latchingdon. Bridgemarsh Island was farmed until it was flooded in 1928 killing all the livestock and forcing the farmer, Stan Clarke, to move onto the mainland. Since then the sea has further eroded the island, which has caused considerable silting in the River Crouch.
A brick and tile works was sited on the island and used a tramway to convey the material to and from a quay on the River Crouch, where barges could provide waterborne transport.
Good views of the island can be had from the B1010 Fambridge Road.








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