Langdon Hills


Langdon Hills

infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= Langdon Hills
latitude= 51.5618
longitude= 0.4213
os_grid_reference= TQ679875
population =
shire_district= Basildon
shire_county = Essex
region= East of England
constituency_westminster= Basildon
post_town= BASILDON
postcode_area= SS |postcode_district= SS16
dial_code= 01268

Langdon Hills is a town located in the Basildon district of Essex, England. It is contiguous with the Basildon conitinuous urban area.

It is located south of Laindon railway station on the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway. It is the location of the 400 acre Langdon Hills Country Park, which is in the unitary authority of Thurrock. [ [http://www.thurrock.gov.uk/countryside/langdonhills/ Thurrock BC] - Langdon Hills Country Park] In 1767, Arthur Young commented on the view from Langdon Hills

"…near Horndon , on the summit of a vast hill, one of the most astonishing prospects to be beheld, breaks almost at once upon one of the dark lanes. Such a prodigious valley, everywhere painted with the finest verdure, and intersected with numberless hedges and woods, appears beneath you, that it is past description; the Thames winding thro’ it, full of ships and bounded by the hills of Kent. Nothing can exceed it…" [Arthur Young, "A Six Weeks' Tour through the Southern Counties of England and Wales"]

North of the railway station and line, in Basildon district, is Laindon. Laindon and Langdon Hills are part of the Basildon post town. [Royal Mail, "Address Management Guide", (2004)]

Until its abolition in 1936, Langdon Hills was a civil parish. It is frequently confused with the neighbouring parish of Laindon.

In 1931 it covered an area of 1,816 acres and had a population of 2,103. 100 years earlier, in 1831, the population was 224 and the area covered was 1,850 acres. [ [http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/unit_page.jsp?u_id=10243543&c_id=10001043 Vision of Britain] - Langdon Hills parish ( [http://www.visionofbritain.org.uk/bound_map_page.jsp?first=true&u_id=10243543&c_id=10001043 historic map] )]

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