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ANCIENT HISTORY OF ASHINGDON VILLAGE
The History of Ashingdon
Ashingdon has been a village for more than one thousand years. It was called “Nesenduna” in the 900s and 1000s and it has had many spellings over the centuries.
Ashingdon and South Fambridge have always been a part of Rochford District, previously called Rochford Hundred, which until the early 1800s included all of Southend on Sea Borough, 6 miles south of Ashingdon. Also in early times, Castle Point District District was part of Rochford Hundred. Rochford was called “Rochefort Hundret” in The Domesday Book. Other spellings in the Middle Ages were “Rochesfort” and “Rocheford”.
Our village appears in the Domesday Book produced for King William The Conqueror in 1085 and 1086. Other parts of Ashingdon Parish listed as villages or manors were : “Bacheneia” Beckney and “Phenbruge” South Fambridge. Other nearby villages or manors probably owning land in what is now Ashingdon were : “Carenduna” Canewdon, “Hocheleia” Hockley, “Hechuuella” Hawkwell, “Plumberga” Plumberow, “Puteseia” Pudsey and “Stanbruga” Great Stambridge. North Fambridge on the other side of the River Crouch was called “Fanbruge”.