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Peldon's parish church, dedicated to St. Mary the Virgin church and now a listed building, was damaged in the 1884 earthquake.
Peldon Village Sign

Peldon is a village in the Colchester borough of Essex, England and forms part of the Winstred Hundred civil parish.[1]

The two mains roads running through Peldon are Church Road and Lower Road.

It is near the villages of Little Wigborough and Langenhoe. The parish church is dedicated to St Mary the Virgin and is a grade 1 listed building. The population of the parish at the 2011 census is 559.[2]

During the Iron Age and Roman periods the marshes around Peldon were home to a thriving salt-production industry, and Red hills created by this process can be found around the village.[3][4] Peldon was significantly damaged by the 1884 Colchester earthquake. Peldon also had two windmills.

It was in the Winstree hundred.

In the 1870's, Peldon's parish church was described as: "The church stands on an eminence, with commanding view; is later English, with a tower; and was restored in 1859, and then found to include remains of an early Norman church."[5]

According to the 2011 Census there was a population of 559, with 291 males and 268 females.[6]


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  2. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 29 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Fawn, A.J., Evens, K.A., McMaster, I., Davies, G.M.R. (1990) 'The Red Hills of Essex; Salt making in Antiquity' Published by Colchester Archaeological Group. (ISBN 0 9503905 1 8)
  4. ^ de Brisay, K.W. (1978) ‘The Excavations of a Red Hill at Peldon, Essex, with notes on some other sites’ Antiquities Journal LVIII pt.1
  5. ^ Wilson, John Marius (1870–72). Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales. 
  6. ^ "Peldon (Parish): Key Figures for the 2011 Census: Key Statistics". Neighborhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 January 2017. 

Coordinates: 51°49′N 0°54′E / 51.817°N 0.900°E / 51.817; 0.900