Steeple, Essex

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St. Laurence church, Steeple, Essex - - 212804.jpg
St. Lawrence and All Saints church, Steeple
Steeple is located in Essex
Location within Essex
Population490 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTL934029
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSouthminster
Postcode districtCM0
Dialling code01621
AmbulanceEast of England
EU ParliamentEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°41′28″N 0°47′56″E / 51.691°N 0.799°E / 51.691; 0.799Coordinates: 51°41′28″N 0°47′56″E / 51.691°N 0.799°E / 51.691; 0.799

Steeple is a small village on the Dengie peninsula in Essex. It is situated just east of Maylandsea and Mayland, on the southern side of the River Blackwater estuary. A hamlet, within the village of Steeple, on the banks of the River Blackwater is called Stansgate.

Steeple Church[edit]

The original parish church of St Lawrence was destroyed by fire. The current church was built in the centre of the village in 1884.

Stansgate Priory[edit]

Stansgate Priory was a Cluniac Priory built near to the banks of the River Blackwater in about 1120. It was one of many priories closed by Cardinal Wolsey in 1534.[2]

Viscounts Stansgate[edit]

The village has been home to several generations of the Benn family, who were created Viscounts Stansgate in 1942, since about 1900. They live in Stansgate House.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Stansgate Priory". Essex Family History. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  3. ^ Will Watkinson (21 March 2014). "One last journey for Tony Benn? Labour MP's wish to be buried in Essex". Maldon Chronicle. Essex Chronicle. Retrieved 4 January 2015.