Basildon Borough History

Basildon Borough History

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Basildon, Essex, England

Est. 2015


St. Mary Magdalene’s is of Norman origin but most of the current church was built in the 1300 and 1400’s.  


The porches were built during the 16th Century though one is almost hidden behind a large tree.  Beneath this tree are several graves that have been well preserved by the cover provided by the branches and it’s evergreen leaves.  One of these graves appears to be of ‘John Reve’ a ‘Citicen and draper of London’ who died in 1665.

St. Mary Magdalene’s Church is one of only two Grade I listed buildings in the borough, the other being St. Nicholas Church in Laindon.  

Nature has started to take over the graveyard.  The headstones are starting to disappear in to the long grass and weeds, many may have already been lost.  The large cemetery next door is immaculate in comparison.

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