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All Saints: London Road, Vange


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Location: All Saints Church
Photographer: Thomas Barnes
Year of photo: 1982
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Location: All Saints Church
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 27/10/2002
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Location: All Saints Church
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 27/10/2002
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Location: All Saints Church
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 27/10/2002
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Location: All Saints Church
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 27/10/2002
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Location: All Saints Church
Photographer: Bix
Year of photo: 27/10/2002
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Location: All Saints Church
Year of photo: c.1930s
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Location: All Saints Church
Year of photo: c.1920s
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All Saints church in London Road, Vange, is thought to date from around 1328 and believed to be the oldest surviving church in Basildon.

In the late 1890s the church underwent a restoration which was completed in May 1896.

The interior, once lit by oil lamps, was later wired for light after electricity was installed to provide heating in 1931.

On the 4th July, 1955 the church, along with a number of others buildings in the Basildon area, became a listed building on the government departments' Ministry of Works list of buildings of historic interest. As of today it is now a designated a Grade II* listed building.

In the 1950s the population of Vange began to increase as the new housing estates of Basildon new town began to take shape. The location of the church, its size and condition were considered inadequate and a new church called St. Chad's was built in Timberlog Lane (now Clay Hill Road) which opened in 1958.

Services, though greatly reduced, did continue at All Saints, as did marriages and funeral services but by the 1990s it was evident that the church, if it was to survive would need to undergo important renovation work.

The last service was held in 1994 and the church was made redundant on 14th February 1996.

From 2003 the Churches Conservation Trust took over the care of the church and in 2004 scaffolding was erected as part of a three year maintenance and restoration programme. The roof, exterior woodwork, and the interior were just some of the areas undertaken to ensure the survival of the Grade II* listed building.

The following is a list of Rectors from 1328:-

John de Bampton 1328 Camillus Rustren 1581
William de Lanum 1334 Richard Taylor
Robert Tooker
1609
Walter de Whitgift 1336 John Salmon or Thos. 1631
Robert de Lech 1362 George Maule, D.D. 1639
Bartholomew Dikes 1362 Richard Bowman 1668
Robert de Pantley 1366 John Tooker 1669
John de Layton 1366 John Whelpdale 1685
Roger Turner 1368 William Hill, B.A. 1704
John Whitby 1407 John Pagett, B.A. 1709
William Mahesey 1409 John Griffith 1741
John Londman 1423 J. Hall 1749
Walter Hert 1426 William Jenkens 1769
William Leverych 1426 J. Rigg 1773
John Tolly 1432 R. Freeman 1773
John Warner 1433 Waring Willett, M.A. 1777
Roger Bushell 1435 James French 1783
John Barton 1435 Charles Richard Landon 1814
John Barre 1437 James Arrot Stewart, B.A. 1835
John Aplin 1451 Edward Sendall 1849
William Westynhale 1457 Henry Edward Wright 1864
Richard Hagis 1458 Richard Henry Gash, M.A. 1891
Bartholomew Madoke 1463 St. John Frederick Charles Metheun, M.A. 1897
John Radcliffe 1470 William Alfred Lamb 1931
Robert Boneson 1485 John Beauchamp Gordon 1937
Robert Crowmer 1496 K.C. Stevenson 194?
John Upston 1509 Humphrey J. Moorhouse 194?
Richard Bull 1513    
Lod. Whervall 1517    
Marmaduke Walvye 1526    
Car. Waynwright 1529    
Henry Hyll 1542    
John Hallyman 1557    
Robert Paynter 1580    

Notes:
(1) The church received listed status on 4th July 1955 (Ministry of Works list of buildings of historic interest).

Page added: 2002
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Text researched and written by William Cox, 2004 with revisions 2011.
Copyright © 2004, 2011, B. Cox - Basildon History Online. All rights reserved.

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