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St James Church. Dengie - - 1417410.jpg
St James' Church, Dengie
Dengie is located in Essex
Location within Essex
Population119 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTL986016
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSouthminster
Postcode districtCM0
AmbulanceEast of England
List of places
51°40′43″N 0°52′18″E / 51.6785°N 0.8716°E / 51.6785; 0.8716Coordinates: 51°40′43″N 0°52′18″E / 51.6785°N 0.8716°E / 51.6785; 0.8716

Dengie /ˈdɛn/ is a village and civil parish in the Maldon district of Essex, England, with a population of 119 at the 2011 census.[1]

It gives its name to the Dengie peninsula and hundred and to the Dengie Special Protection Area.

The place-name 'Dengie' is first attested in a manuscript of between 709 and 745, where it appears as Deningei. It appears as Daneseia in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name means 'Dene's island' or 'the island of Dene's people'.[2]

The 14th-century church of St James is the parish Church for the village.

Dengie Flats, offshore, was used as a bombing and strafing range by the RAF and USAAF during the Second World War, and also attracted many crash-landing aircraft bound to or from the nearby RAF Bradwell Bay airfield. Between 1942 and 1945 Dengie was also the site of a 10-cm "Coast Defence" radar station used to warn of enemy ships and low-flying aircraft and doodlebugs.

(Sources—RAF record books at National Archive; USAF Missing in Action records;J P Foynes "Battle of the East Coast 1939-1945")

Dengie marshes were once used to film an episode of Doctor Who.[3]

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  1. ^ a b UK Census (2011). "Local Area Report – Dengie Parish (E04004046)". Nomis. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  2. ^ Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p.141.
  3. ^ "Tillingham Marshes". The Locations Guide to Doctor Who, Torchwood and The Sarah Jane Adventures. Retrieved 6 January 2020.

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