Steeple, Essex

Coordinates: 51°41′28″N 0°47′56″E / 51.691°N 0.799°E / 51.691; 0.799
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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
UK Parliament
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51°41′28″N 0°47′56″E / 51.691°N 0.799°E / 51.691; 0.799

Steeple is a village on the Dengie Peninsula in Essex, England. 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, located 600 yards (550 m) west of the present building,[2] was destroyed by fire.[citation needed] The current church was built in the centre of the village c. 1882–84 re-using some materials from the old church.[3][4]

On the west side of the village, there is a former chapel building of the Peculiar People, built in 1877.[5][6]

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 Thomas Cromwell in 1534.[7]

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.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 22 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Steeple". An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Essex, Volume 4, South east. London. 1923. pp. 151–152. Retrieved 30 June 2021 – via British History Online.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Lawrence and All Saints (1237575)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  4. ^ Kelly's Directory of Essex, Hertfordshire and Middlesex. London. 1890. p. 330. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  5. ^ Searle, Joshua (1 November 2017). "Law change needed to protect Steeple graveyard from 'abhorrent' housing plans, say residents". Maldon Standard. Retrieved 18 February 2023.
  6. ^ Historic England. "Peculiar People's Chapel (Grade II) (1237463)". National Heritage List for England.
  7. ^ a b "Stansgate Priory". Essex Family History. Retrieved 4 January 2015.
  8. ^ 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.