|Bradwell on Sea|
St. Thomas' church, Bradwell on Sea
Bradwell on Sea shown within Essex
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|Civil parish||Bradwell on Sea|
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|EU Parliament||East of England|
|UK Parliament||Maldon and East Chelmsford|
Bradwell-on-Sea is a village and civil parish in Essex, England. The village is on the Dengie peninsula. It is located about 9 km (5.6 mi) north-northeast of Southminster and is 30 km (19 mi) east from the county town of Chelmsford. The village is in the District of Maldon in the parliamentary constituency of Maldon whose boundaries were last varied at the United Kingdom General Election, 2010. It has a population of 877.
Bradwell-on-Sea was a Saxon Shore fort in Roman times known as Othona. The Anglo-Saxons originally called it Ithancester. Saint Cedd founded a monastery within the old walls in 653, which survives as the restored chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall, one of the oldest churches in Britain. From there, he continued the evangelisation of Essex. In the 20th century, the village became more well known as the site for the Bradwell nuclear power station. It also has a very good sailing club and outdoor leisure facilities. There is a school - St. Cedd's C. of E. Primary School.
The village has been called Bradwell juxta Mare, Bradwell-next-the-Sea and Bradwell near the Sea.
World War Two
During World War Two, Bradwell Bay airfield was a front line air base, named RAF Bradwell Bay at the time. It had been a grass runway airfield suitable as a temporary base, for refuelling and for training, especially for pilots practising targeting, shooting and bombing on nearby Foulness, Maplin Sands and the Dengie Marshes.
- Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : Maldon Retrieved 2009-12-17
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