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