St Lawrence, Essex

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St Lawrence
St. Lawrence's church at St. Lawrence, Essex - - 212809.jpg
St Lawrence's church
Grid reference: TL934029
Location: 51°43’12"N, 0°49’19"E
Post town: Southminster
Postcode: CM0
Dialling code: 01621
Local Government
Maldon and East Chelmsford

St Lawrence is a village and parish in the Dengie hundred of Essex, next to the River Blackwater.

The village comprises the two settlements of St Lawrence Bay and Ramsey Island. The population is included in the civil parish of Steeple.

Parish Council

St Lawrence Parish Council meets monthly in St Lawrence Church Hall.


In the past the village was known as St Lawrence Newland a reference to clearing the forest to make way for farming that created the village.


St Lawrence Parish Church is built on a high spot at the southern edge of the village. The church has been designated as a rural discovery church and as such displays regular exhibitions. Three generations of the Wedgewood Benn family including Viscount Stansgate are commemorated in this church.

Leisure activities

The village is famous for sailing and watersports, which bring in many tourists during the summer. However, one of the two caravan parks has been almost completely replaced by housing.

There are two pubs: The St Lawrence Inn and The Stone. The Inn also houses restaurant.

St Lawrence Bay is home to Stone Sailing Club and to a watersports club.

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