Horndon-on-the-Hill shown within Essex
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Horndon-on-the-Hill is a village and Church of England parish in the unitary authority of Thurrock, in the county of Essex, England. It is located close to the A13, around one mile northwest of Stanford-le-Hope and around two miles northeast of Orsett.
Horndon-on-the-Hill has one church, the Church of St Peter and St Paul, which dates from the 13th century and is Grade I listed. It also has a primary school, a recreational park and two public houses, The Swan and The Bell.
The village is said to be haunted. Ghostly figures have been reported walking through pathways at night and a few locals have reported seeing a ghostly shadow of a woman by the footbridge at North hill.
Horndon-on-the-Hill appears in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Horninduna, meaning "horn-shaped hill". It may have been the site of the 11th-century Horndon mint, based on the survival of a single Anglo-Saxon penny from the village.
Horndon-on-the-Hill belonged to the Barstable hundred of Essex, before becoming part of Orsett Rural District in 1894 and then part of Thurrock Urban District in 1936. In 1974, the urban district became the Borough of Thurrock under the Local Government Act 1972. The borough was given administrative independence from Essex County Council in 1998.
The founder of Vincent Motorcycles, Philip Vincent lived in High House, Horndon-on-the-Hill. On 21 July 2002, a Thurrock Heritage green Plaque was unveiled by Vincent's grandson, Philip Vincent-Day, at High House. Another resident was BBC journalist and arts administrator John Tusa.
- "St Peter and St Paul, Horndon-on-the-Hill". Thurrock Local History Society. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
- Mills, A.D., A Dictionary of British Place Names (Oxford University Press, 2011). ISBN 978-0-1996-0908-6
- "The Horndon Woolmarket". Thurrock Council. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
- Christopher Harrold, Exploring Thurrock (Thurrock Local History Society, 2008)
- "Conservation Areas in Thurrock". Thurrock Council. Retrieved 28 March 2014.
- Lecture by John Tusa
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