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Wickham Bishops is a village and civil parish in the Maldon district of Essex, England. It is located around three miles north of the town of Maldon and around two miles southeast of Witham, in whose post town it lies.
The place-name 'Wickham Bishops' is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as 'Wicham', meaning 'dwelling place with a (dairy) farm'. 'Bishops' refers to the fact that the land belonged to the Bishop of London.
Wickham Bishops has a village hall (reconstructed in 2005), playing fields, a library, tennis courts, a hairdresser, health food shop, estate agent, a One Stop local shop/off licence and two pubs, the Mitre and the Chequers.
The number 90 bus service runs between Maldon to Wickham Bishops and Witham every half an hour for most of the day during Monday to Friday.
There is a small library which is located in the old school building in School Road. It is only open part-time (Monday 2.00pm-6.00pm, Wednesday 2.00pm-6.00pm and Saturday 9.00am-1.00pm).
The Anglican parish church is St Bartholomew's. The clock on its steeple was converted to an electronic mechanism in June 2008 (previously being wound by hand). The church was built on the western side of the hill on which the village stands. It is a Victorian replacement for the medieval St Peter's Church, which stands alone in the fields to the west near the River Blackwater, and beyond the disused railway line to Maldon.
Wickham Bishops has a regular parish magazine, with regular contributions form the church and village. It is distributed to nearly 1,000 houses each month free of charge.
There is a drama club, 'Wickham Bishops Drama Club', located centrally between Witham, Maldon and Tiptree in rural Essex. The club has recently won Best Production at the local Gimson One-Act Play Festival. The winning play, "Snowed Under", was an original piece written by a club member, Anne-Marie Latter and directed by Dafydd Bates. Ian Lodge was presented with the award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Mr. Whitely.
GirlGuiding in Wickham Bishops
Witham South District of GirlGuiding UK is made up of two Rainbow packs for girls aged 5–7 years old, three Brownie packs for girls aged 7–10, a Guide unit for girls aged 10–14 and a Ranger unit for girls aged 14+ who live in Wickham Bishops, Great Totham and the surrounding villages.
- "Civil Parish population 2015". Retrieved 23 September 2015.
- Eilert Ekwall, Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p. 516.
- "Wickham Bishops and Woodham ward population 2011". Retrieved 23 September 2015.
- Alastair Cook, Starting Out – My Story So Far, p.1.
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