Of Viking invasions and a 1,119 year old church

In 893 AD on the lands around Benfleet creek, Viking warriors from 200 ships made the area their settlement. An English army led by Edward the son of King Alfred, came to Benfleet to do battle with the invaders, and drove them back into the sea. 

During the battle it is believed that the chapel which existed then, was destroyed, and tradition has it that the foundation stones of the existing St Mary’s church were laid in 894 AD.

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