Bowers Gifford

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Bowers Gifford
Bowers Gifford is located in Essex
Bowers Gifford
Bowers Gifford
Bowers Gifford shown within Essex
OS grid reference TQ7588
Civil parish
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BASILDON
Postcode district SS13
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
List of places
51°34′N 0°31′E / 51.56°N 00.52°E / 51.56; 00.52Coordinates: 51°34′N 0°31′E / 51.56°N 00.52°E / 51.56; 00.52

Bowers Gifford is a small village in southern Essex, England. It is located east of Basildon, between Pitsea and Thundersley. Pillboxes in the surrounding fields testify to its wartime role in defending the Thames Estuary which it overlooks.

The place-name 'Bowers Gifford' is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as Bura, meaning 'cottages', from the Old English bur, in modern English bower. The 'Gifford' element relates to its lords of the manor: in 1243 the land was held by William Giffard.[1]

The most historic surviving building is the fourteenth-century St Margaret's church.


  1. ^ Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p.56.

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