|High Road/Jotmans Lane|
Castle Point Borough
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South Benfleet is a town in the Castle Point district of Essex, 30 miles east of London, located north of Canvey Island. The name of the town originates from the time of the Saxon settlers in the 5th Century, when the area was largely marshland. They named the area Beamfleote, meaning "tree stream", being the area where the creeks from the River Thames adjoined the wooded area to the north. The current spelling was adopted at the time the railway service was brought to the area and a railway station built for the town. Throughout the intervening period various documented versions of the names has been 'Benfleota', 'Beamflet', 'Bemflet', 'Bienflet' and 'Bemfleet'.In Roman times the reclaimed area which is now Canvey Island was joined to the interior of Britannia by the empire's ubiquitous road system. This provided access from Benfleet to Camulodunum (Colchester) and Londinium (London).In the Saxon era the village became known as South Benfleet when a new settlement,(which became known as Little Benfleet), developed to the north of the original settlement. The new settlement did not last, and its site, which has since become known as North Benfleet, is now largely rural. Benfleet was used as a Viking base. However the Vikings were defeated in the battle by the army of King Alfred under the command of his son Edward the Elder and his son-in-law Earl Aethelred of Mercia. Subsequently a church was built by the Saxons in thanksgiving for the victory over the Vikings. The cemetery which stands at the corner of the High Road and Jotmans Lane is managed by Castle Point Borough Council's Open Spaces Section.
Most of the victims of the January 1953 flood on Canvey Island are buried here and most of the graves (communal) are unmarked.(text by Geoffrey Gillon)