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Coordinates: 51°31′33″N 0°23′55″E / 51.525869°N 0.398746°E / 51.525869; 0.398746


 Horndon-on-the-Hill shown within Essex
Population 1,612 
OS grid reference TQ665835
Unitary authority Thurrock
Ceremonial county Essex
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district SS17
Dialling code 01375
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
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Horndon-on-the-Hill is a village and Church of England parish in the unitary authority of Thurrock. It is about a mile northwest of Stanford le Hope and about two miles northeast of Orsett - from 1894, it was part of the Orsett Rural District. It may have been the site of an 11th century mint, based on the survival of a single Anglo Saxon penny from Horndon. The village is one of the seven conservation areas in Thurrock.[1] It is the site of the 15th century woolmarket. On the south wall of the church is a memorial to Thomas Higbed, who was burned at the stake in Horndon in 1555 and is included in Fox's Book of Martyrs.[2]

The founder of Vincent Motorcycles, Phil Vincent lived in High House, Horndon-on-the-Hill. On 21 July 2002 a Thurrock Heritage Plaque was unveiled by Vincent's grandson, Philip Vincent-Day, at High House. Another resident was John Tusa.[3]

Horndon-on-the-Hill has a primary school, a recreational park and is also known for the two Public Houses - The Swan and The Bell. The village is said to be haunted. Ghostly figures have been reported walking through pathways at night and a few locals have reported seeing a ghostly shadow of a woman by the footbridge at North hill.


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