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Canewdon at the time of "Doomesday Survey," the place belonged to Sweyne. It is situated in Rochford union and hundred.. 4 miles north-north-east of that town and 8 miles north of Southend, on high ground commanding a fine view over the river Crouch.. The parish contains 5,509 acres. Population in 1861 was 617 and 47 in that part of Wallasea Island belonging to Canewdon. [Kelly's Directory of Essex, 1862]

“CANEWDON, a parish in the hundred of ROCHFORD, county of ESSEX, 3 ½ miles (N. E. by N.) from Rochford, containing 732 inhabitants. The living is a vicarage, in the archdeaconry of Essex, and diocese of London, rated in the king's books at £34.1.8., and in the patronage of the Bishop of London. The church, dedicated to St. Nicholas, is a large structure in the later style of English architecture, with a massive western tower. Canute the Dane kept his court at Canewdon, from which circumstance its name is supposed to have been derived. The intrenchments of a strong encampment, supposed also to be Danish, including about six acres, encircle the manor-house. The river Crouch and Canewdon creek are navigable on the north of this parish.” [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]

"WALLASEA (ISLE-OF), an island, partly in the parishes of CANEWDON, EASTWOOD, PAGLESHAM, GREAT-STAMBRIDGE, and LITTLE-WAKERING, hundred of ROCHFORD, county of ESSEX, 6 miles (E. N. E.) from Rochford. It is now a peninsula, formed by the rivers Crouch and Broomhill, and joined to the main land by a causeway, kept up at the expense of the several parishes to which it belongs." [From Samuel Lewis A Topographical Dictionary of England (1831) - copyright Mel Lockie 2016]



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Historical Geography

  • Canewdon was a member of the Rochford Hundred

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Canewdon was a member of the Rochford Poor Law Union