Crays Hill

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Crays Hill
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Crays Hill
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The church at Crays Hill
Crays Hill is located in Essex
Crays Hill
Crays Hill
Location within Essex
OS grid referenceTQ712921
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtCM11 2
Dialling code01268
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°36′07″N 0°28′15″E / 51.602°N 0.4708°E / 51.602; 0.4708Coordinates: 51°36′07″N 0°28′15″E / 51.602°N 0.4708°E / 51.602; 0.4708

Crays Hill is a village in the Basildon borough of Essex, England. The River Crouch passes under Church Lane.[1]

The village was listed in Domesday Book of 1086 when the Lord of the manor and tenant-in-chief was Sasselin of Layer.[2]

Crays Hill was part of the civil parish of Ramsden Crays until 1934 when it was abolished to enlarge South Hanningfield.[3]

Dale Farm[edit]

Crays Hill is the site of Dale Farm, once the largest Irish Traveller site in Europe.[4] There has been a long-running legal battle by Basildon Council to evict the travellers who have illegally built upon green belt land.[5] The council sent in police and bailiffs on 19 October 2011 to clear the disputed section of the site.[6][7]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Crays Hill". Open Domesday. Anna Powell-Smith/University of Hull. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
  3. ^ "Ramsden Crays parish". Vision of Britain. University of Portsmouth. Retrieved 2 October 2011.
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  6. ^ Sales, Dan. "Big fat gypsy eviction". The Sun. London.
  7. ^ Dale Farm eviction Live updates Archived 2011-10-24 at

External links[edit]

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