Chignal St James

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Chignal St James
Chignal St James is located in Essex
Chignal St James
Chignal St James
Chignal St James shown within Essex
Shire county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district CM1
Dialling code 01245
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
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51°45′42″N 0°25′03″E / 51.76173°N 0.41757°E / 51.76173; 0.41757Coordinates: 51°45′42″N 0°25′03″E / 51.76173°N 0.41757°E / 51.76173; 0.41757

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.[citation needed]

Village pump and telephone box

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".

Businesses providing employment in the area include Ashdown Engineering, Gardening Express & Balance Life Magazine,[citation needed] and local farms.

The area once included a Roman villa, the site of which was discovered in the 1970s.[1][2] 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.[citation needed]

The village has a public house, The Three Elms, thought[by whom?] to be over 500 years old.

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]


  1. ^ SEAX - Essex Record Office - Reference: C/DZ 7/4
  2. ^ BBC - Domesday Reloaded - Roman Villa at Chignal St James

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