Chignal St James
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Chignal St James is a village in Essex, England. The village is part of the civil parish of Chignall, and is situated 3½ miles northwest by west from the county town of Chelmsford. Population of Chignal St James is about 250.
The spelling of the village name is open to discussion.[according to whom?] Sometimes it is spelt as "Chignall St James" at other times, as "Chignal St James" or "Chignal Saint James".
The area once included a Roman villa, the site of which was discovered in the 1970s. Originally the village was a settlement for farmers and their labour force that worked the land, but as mechanisation took over the farming population left. The village is now partly a commuter settlement, and partly resident to remaining agricultural workers and retired people.
In 2009 there was a controversial planning proposal to create a quarry close by to the village, but this was turned down by the planning authorities.
Notable village landmarks include an old brick-built farm barn with a dove-cote thought[by whom?] to be the oldest and only example of its type in Essex, an old red brick school (now a dwelling), the former church, and the Old Rectory.
Unsubstantiated sightings of big cats (thought to be black leopards or pumas), have been made by local farmers.
Media related to Chignal St James at Wikimedia Commons
- The Three Elms
- Chignal Parish Council Web Site
- Ashdown Engineering
- Gardening Express
- Balance Life Magazine
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