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South Benfleet is a town in the Castle Point district of Essex, 30 miles east of London. It is adjacent to the village of North Benfleet. The Benfleet SS7 post town includes South Benfleet, Thundersley, New Thundersley and Hadleigh. The Battle of Benfleet took place here between the Vikings and Saxons in 894.

The community is directly north of Canvey Island and is served by Benfleet railway station. It hosts South Benfleet Primary School, which was used temporarily to house local residents during the widespread flooding of 1953.

At the junction of Saint Mary’s Church and The Anchor pub is the site of the UK’s first "overrunable" mini roundabout.

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In Roman times the reclaimed area which is now Canvey Island was joined to the mainland by a road providing access from Benfleet at low tides to Camulodunum (Colchester) and Londinium (London). The A130 road from Sadlers Farm roundabout to Canvey Island follows the route of the original Roman road. Its construction in 1971 brought to light a number of artifacts dating back to the early settlements in the area.

The name of the town originates from the time of the Saxon settlers in the 5th Century, when the area was largely marshland. They named the area Beamfleote, meaning "tree stream", being the area where the creeks from the River Thames adjoined the wooded area to the north. The current spelling was adopted at the time the railway service was brought to the area and a railway station built for the town. Throughout the intervening period various documented versions of the names has been 'Benfleota', 'Beamflet', 'Bemflet', 'Bienflet' and 'Bemfleet'. The last was used on John Norden's maps in the 17th Century.

In Saxon times the village became known as South Benfleet when a new settlement, which became known as Little Benfleet, developed to the north of the original settlement. The new settlement did not last, and its site, which has since become known as North Benfleet, is now largely rural.

The railway was brought to the town in 1855. The new Benfleet railway station connected the town with Southend-on-Sea to the east and London Fenchurch Street station.

In July 2002 Castle Point District Council named a 6-mile cycle way, from near Benfleet railway station to near Leigh-on-Sea railway station, the "de Neumann Way" after Captain Peter de Neumann, GM.

Battle of Benfleet
Part of the Viking invasions of England
Date894 AD
Location
South Benfleet, England
Result Anglo-Saxon victory
Belligerents
Anglo-Saxons Danish Vikings
Commanders and leaders
King Alfred
Edward the Elder
Earl Aethelred of Mercia
Unknown
Casualties and losses
Unknown Unknown

The Battle of Benfleet took place between the Saxons and Danish Vikings in 894. This was towards the end of the Saxon period, and the Thames and other waterways made the area vulnerable to Viking attacks. Benfleet was used as a Viking base. However, the Vikings were defeated in the battle by the army of King Alfred under the command of his son Edward the Elder and his son-in-law Earl Aethelred of Mercia. Subsequently a church was built by the Saxons in thanksgiving for the victory over the Vikings. St Mary's church is the most recent church building occupying this site.

Local towns

Since the abolition of the Benfleet Urban District in the Local Government Act 1972, South Benfleet, along with Canvey Island, Hadleigh, and Thundersley has formed the parliamentary constituency and local government district and borough of Castle Point. As of the 2010 general election, the Member of Parliament representing the parliamentary constituency of Castle Point is Rebecca Harris of the Conservative Party. South Benfleet elects 1 seat to Essex County Council. As of 2009, the seat is held by Colin Riley of the Conservative Party. Within Castle Point Borough Council, South Benfleet is represented by nine councillors elected from the wards of Appleton, St. Mary, and Boyce.

Benfleet railway station is served by the London, Tilbury and Southend railway line, currently run by c2c rail. By road the A13 and A12/A127/A130 connect the town to London.

Saint Mary's Parish Church

The Church of England in Benfleet is served by the Church of St Mary the Virgin. The public houses located in the Monument and St Mary's area of the town include The Anchor, The Hoy and Helmet and the Half Crown. Further north is the Benfleet Tavern. There is also a range of restaurants in the South Benfleet conservation area.

Benfleet Water Tower (TQ 790 867) is a brick built structure built in 1903, which is 30m high with a 22m mast sited on the roof. All radio equipment is housed within the tower. Being on a prominent hilltop, some 137m amsl, this is an exceptional radio transmission and reception site. Coverage includes the whole estuary, including the Isle of Grain, Medway Towns, Southend, Bradwell, Danbury etc. This site provides both Highband and Lowband CBS systems.

Benfleet FC are members of the Essex Olympian Football League.[citation needed] The First Team play in Senior Division 1 and Seconds in the Reserve Division 2.[citation needed] There is also a third team who compete in the Mid-Essex Division 3. The club play their home fixtures at Woodside Park Extension at the top of Manor Road. Fixtures are organised on a Saturday afternoon, with some mid-week fixtures towards the end of the season.

Benfleet is the home to Sceptre League Division 1 Sunday team Benfleet FC, who finished 8th in 2010/2011 season.[citation needed]

Benfleet FC (Sunday) managed to win the Mike Wigget Cup in 2009/2010 season, beating Shoebury Boys 4-2 in the final at Burroughs Park, Great Wakering.[citation needed]

Benfleet Vikings RFC are the town's local rugby club, formed in 2013, with Senior, Youth, and Minis sides.[citation needed] The senior side currently compete in the Shepherd Neame Essex Merit League 6 East and play their home fixtures on Saturdays at Richmond Park, off of Brook Road.

Benfleet is also home to South Benfleet United F.C., a football club formed in 1978 for youth football but is now a mens and veterans (over 35's) club.[citation needed] Their mens team currently play in the Sceptre League and their veterans teams are in the Premier Division and Division 3 of the Southend Borough Combination Veterans League.

Benfleet Cricket Club (established 1948) currently play their home matches at Woodside Park at the top of Manor Road. Members of the Hambro Financial Cricket League (formerly Shepherd Neame Essex League), they currently field 5 adult teams on a Saturday, 2 adult teams on a Sunday, and teams at u9, u11, u13 and u15 age groups in competitions organised by the South Essex Cricket Participation Group.

  • Clock on Vic House roundabout

  • One of the last true Bluebell woods in Essex (Shipwrights Drive)

  • War Monument, South Benfleet

  1. Map of South Benfleet manor (and later parish)
  2. Holland, Julian (2007). Exploring the Islands of England and ... - Google Books. ISBN 9780711227439. Retrieved2 April 2010.
  3. Lawrence Goldman (7 March 2013). Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2005-2008. OUP Oxford. p. 108. ISBN 978-0-19-967154-0.
  4. http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/place/23765
  5. Essex County Council Election Results Archived 2009-06-07 at the Wayback Machine. Essex County Council. Retrieved 2009-06-05.
  6. "Gymnastics: Nicola's the UK number one". Daily Gazette. 1 November 2001. Retrieved4 February 2019.
  • Norman M. Chisman, D.P.A., Bygone Benfleet, Phillimore, 1991

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South Benfleet Language Watch Edit This article needs additional citations for verification Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed Find sources South Benfleet news newspapers books scholar JSTOR April 2017 Learn how and when to remove this template message South Benfleet is a town in the Castle Point district of Essex 30 miles east of London It is adjacent to the village of North Benfleet The Benfleet SS7 post town includes South Benfleet Thundersley New Thundersley and Hadleigh The Battle of Benfleet took place here between the Vikings and Saxons in 894 2 South BenfleetHigh Road BenfleetSouth BenfleetLocation within EssexOS grid referenceTQ782860DistrictCastle PointShire countyEssexRegionEastCountryEnglandSovereign stateUnited KingdomPost townBENFLEETPostcode districtSS7Dialling code01268PoliceEssexFireEssexAmbulanceEast of EnglandUK ParliamentCastle PointList of places UK England Essex51 33 N 0 34 E 51 55 N 0 56 E 51 55 0 56 Coordinates 51 33 N 0 34 E 51 55 N 0 56 E 51 55 0 56 1 The community is directly north of Canvey Island and is served by Benfleet railway station It hosts South Benfleet Primary School which was used temporarily to house local residents during the widespread flooding of 1953 At the junction of Saint Mary s Church and The Anchor pub is the site of the UK s first overrunable mini roundabout 3 Contents 1 History 2 Battle of Benfleet 3 Geography 3 1 Local towns 4 Governance 5 Transport 6 Notable people 7 Landmarks 8 Sport 9 Images 10 See also 11 References 12 External linksHistory EditIn Roman times the reclaimed area which is now Canvey Island was joined to the mainland by a road providing access from Benfleet at low tides to Camulodunum Colchester and Londinium London The A130 road from Sadlers Farm roundabout to Canvey Island follows the route of the original Roman road Its construction in 1971 brought to light a number of artifacts dating back to the early settlements in the area The name of the town originates from the time of the Saxon settlers in the 5th Century when the area was largely marshland They named the area Beamfleote meaning tree stream being the area where the creeks from the River Thames adjoined the wooded area to the north The current spelling was adopted at the time the railway service was brought to the area and a railway station built for the town Throughout the intervening period various documented versions of the names has been Benfleota Beamflet Bemflet Bienflet and Bemfleet The last was used on John Norden s maps in the 17th Century In Saxon times the village became known as South Benfleet when a new settlement which became known as Little Benfleet developed to the north of the original settlement The new settlement did not last and its site which has since become known as North Benfleet is now largely rural The railway was brought to the town in 1855 The new Benfleet railway station connected the town with Southend on Sea to the east and London Fenchurch Street station In July 2002 Castle Point District Council named a 6 mile cycle way from near Benfleet railway station to near Leigh on Sea railway station the de Neumann Way after Captain Peter de Neumann GM Battle of Benfleet EditBattle of BenfleetPart of the Viking invasions of EnglandDate894 ADLocationSouth Benfleet EnglandResultAnglo Saxon victoryBelligerentsAnglo SaxonsDanish VikingsCommanders and leadersKing Alfred Edward the Elder Earl Aethelred of MerciaUnknownCasualties and lossesUnknownUnknown The Battle of Benfleet took place between the Saxons and Danish Vikings in 894 This was towards the end of the Saxon period and the Thames and other waterways made the area vulnerable to Viking attacks Benfleet was used as a Viking base However the Vikings were defeated in the battle by the army of King Alfred under the command of his son Edward the Elder and his son in law Earl Aethelred of Mercia Subsequently a church was built by the Saxons in thanksgiving for the victory over the Vikings St Mary s church is the most recent church building occupying this site Geography EditLocal towns Edit Southend on Sea Basildon Pitsea Canvey Island Hadleigh Leigh on Sea Thundersley New Thundersley 4 RayleighGovernance EditSince the abolition of the Benfleet Urban District in the Local Government Act 1972 South Benfleet along with Canvey Island Hadleigh and Thundersley has formed the parliamentary constituency and local government district and borough of Castle Point As of the 2010 general election the Member of Parliament representing the parliamentary constituency of Castle Point is Rebecca Harris of the Conservative Party South Benfleet elects 1 seat to Essex County Council As of 2009 the seat is held by Colin Riley of the Conservative Party 5 Within Castle Point Borough Council South Benfleet is represented by nine councillors elected from the wards of Appleton St Mary and Boyce Transport EditBenfleet railway station is served by the London Tilbury and Southend railway line currently run by c2c rail By road the A13 and A12 A127 A130 connect the town to London Notable people EditRon Martin Southend United Chairman Ashley George Old the war artist is buried there Nicola Willis Olympic gymnast 6 Landmarks Edit Saint Mary s Parish Church The Church of England in Benfleet is served by the Church of St Mary the Virgin The public houses located in the Monument and St Mary s area of the town include The Anchor The Hoy and Helmet and the Half Crown Further north is the Benfleet Tavern There is also a range of restaurants in the South Benfleet conservation area Benfleet Water Tower TQ 790 867 is a brick built structure built in 1903 which is 30m high with a 22m mast sited on the roof All radio equipment is housed within the tower Being on a prominent hilltop some 137m amsl this is an exceptional radio transmission and reception site Coverage includes the whole estuary including the Isle of Grain Medway Towns Southend Bradwell Danbury etc This site provides both Highband and Lowband CBS systems Sport EditBenfleet FC are members of the Essex Olympian Football League citation needed The First Team play in Senior Division 1 and Seconds in the Reserve Division 2 citation needed There is also a third team who compete in the Mid Essex Division 3 The club play their home fixtures at Woodside Park Extension at the top of Manor Road Fixtures are organised on a Saturday afternoon with some mid week fixtures towards the end of the season Benfleet is the home to Sceptre League Division 1 Sunday team Benfleet FC who finished 8th in 2010 2011 season citation needed Benfleet FC Sunday managed to win the Mike Wigget Cup in 2009 2010 season beating Shoebury Boys 4 2 in the final at Burroughs Park Great Wakering citation needed Benfleet Vikings RFC are the town s local rugby club formed in 2013 with Senior Youth and Minis sides citation needed The senior side currently compete in the Shepherd Neame Essex Merit League 6 East and play their home fixtures on Saturdays at Richmond Park off of Brook Road Benfleet is also home to South Benfleet United F C a football club formed in 1978 for youth football but is now a mens and veterans over 35 s club citation needed Their mens team currently play in the Sceptre League and their veterans teams are in the Premier Division and Division 3 of the Southend Borough Combination Veterans League Benfleet Cricket Club established 1948 currently play their home matches at Woodside Park at the top of Manor Road Members of the Hambro Financial Cricket League formerly Shepherd Neame Essex League they currently field 5 adult teams on a Saturday 2 adult teams on a Sunday and teams at u9 u11 u13 and u15 age groups in competitions organised by the South Essex Cricket Participation Group Images Edit Clock on Vic House roundabout One of the last true Bluebell woods in Essex Shipwrights Drive War Monument South BenfleetSee also EditNorth BenfleetReferences Edit Map of South Benfleet manor and later parish Holland Julian 2007 Exploring the Islands of England and Google Books ISBN 9780711227439 Retrieved 2 April 2010 Lawrence Goldman 7 March 2013 Oxford Dictionary of National Biography 2005 2008 OUP Oxford p 108 ISBN 978 0 19 967154 0 http www visionofbritain org uk place 23765 Essex County Council Election Results Archived 2009 06 07 at the Wayback Machine Essex County Council Retrieved 2009 06 05 Gymnastics Nicola s the UK number one Daily Gazette 1 November 2001 Retrieved 4 February 2019 Norman M Chisman D P A Bygone Benfleet Phillimore 1991 https www benfleethistory org uk content browse articles streets and roads the worlds first mini roundabout was installed in benfleetExternal links Edit Media related to South Benfleet at Wikimedia Commons Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title South Benfleet amp oldid 1047828858, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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