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Althorne is a village and civil parish in Essex, England. It is located 21 km (13 mi) east-southeast from the county town of Chelmsford. The village is in the district of Maldon district and in the parliamentary constituency of Maldon & East Chelmsford. The village has its own Parish Council.
The civil parish has a population of 1104.
Althorne is on the Dengie peninsula, about 5 km (3 miles) north-west of Burnham-on-Crouch. It is approximately 3 km (1.9 mi) north-west from the centre of Bridgemarsh Island in the River Crouch. The village of Althorne is connected to London, by the Southminster Branch Line, operated by Greater Anglia, which links Wickford to London Liverpool Street Station. The railway station is Althorne railway station, though the station itself is cut adrift from the main village, only accessible from a long and steep track leading up to the edge of Althorne. There are no A roads close to the village - the main roads being the B1010 to Burnham and the B1018 road from Maldon to nearby Southminster.
The name Althorne has an unusual meaning in Old English, translating as '(place at) the burnt thorn-tree'. The name is composed of the words æled ('burnt') and thorn ('thorn-tree'). The earliest known recording of the village was in 1198 as Aledhorn.
Phillip Scott Burge
Althorne was home to Phillip Scott Burge who was one of the top British fighter aces in World War One with 11 enemy kills between March and July 1918. He was killed when he was shot down over Seclin, France on 24 July 1918.
Althorne Community Together
On 3 October 2007, local resident Janet Cloke and RCCE Stella Meesters proposed the development of a Parish Plan for Althorne. In 2009 the group released a village questionnaire for residents of Althorne to complete in order to develop the Parish Plan. The group has yet to begin development of their Village Design Statement. Former Chairman Ian Drinkwater resigned from his position on 12 May 2010. Stella Meesters is currently standing as 'Acting Chairman'.
The Marina is approximately one to two miles from the village and close to Althorne Railway Station. It is reached by Bridgemarsh Lane, an unserviced road. The Marina is situated on Althorne Creek. On the south side of the creek is Bridgemarsh Island.
- "Parish Council Contacts". www.maldon.gov.uk. Retrieved 2007-01-23.
- "Althorne Community Together Web site".
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