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Rainham Cemetery
Also known as: Hornchurch Rainham Cemetery
Upminster Road North
London Borough of Havering
Greater London  England

Cemetery notes and/or description:

Rainham is a place in the county of Essex but for administrative purposes it is part of the London Borough of Havering, Greater London. It is a suburban development located 14 miles east of Charing Cross and includes the nearby small village of Wennington. Rainham has maintained most of its historical features, such as the Norman church and Victorian buildings in the centre of the village. A record of 1086 mentions Renaham and it is thought to mean ‘homestead or village of a man called Regna'. It is also possible that it follows the other Rainham in Kent on the south side of the Thames (Roegingaham); meaning ‘settlement of the ruling people'. There are also written records that provide more information about Saxon Rainham. The Barking Abbey charter of AD 697 tells of a settlement known as Ricangahaam, a variation of Roegingham The Domesday Book records Rainham as having an Anglo-Saxon population of 350, justifying the construction of a church. Evidence of settlement in the Rainham area has been discovered in the flood plains that surround the riverside area, such as flint tools from as early as the Paleolithic period - 250,000 years ago. In 1928, a stone coffin was uncovered north of New Road (the A1306 road), containing two people lying head to foot. They were identified as 4th century Romans, one female. The burial site was discovered away from any Roman settlement, as required by Roman law. The cemetery was formerly known as Hornchurch (Rainham) Cemetery, standing as it does to the south of Hornchurch, Essex. It is situated in Upminster Road North.(text by Geoffrey Gillon)

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Rainham Cemetery
Added by: geoffrey gillon
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Added by: geoffrey gillon
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