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Hazeleigh, Mundon and Purleigh


Hazeleigh  is a village and civil parish on the Dengie peninsula in the English county of Essex. It lies 2.6 miles south-west of Maldon. Hazeleigh and the neighbouring village of Woodham Mortimer share a joint Parish Council which meets monthly at Woodham Mortimer Village Hall.  Hazeleigh’s original timber-framed Church, St. Nicholas’s, was located in an isolated part of the village, next to the Old Hall, but by 1900 had fallen into disuse. Due to its size and lack of windows it was known locally as "the meanest church in England". It was pulled down in about 1922, although the last service had been held several years earlier, in 1906.

One of the reasons it fell into disuse was that an iron church was built in a more populous part of the village by the late-Victorian vicar, Rev. William Stuart (brother of Robert Stuart and father of William Horwood Stuart, both diplomats). This iron church was later demolished as well, though, and the parish of Hazeleigh is now incorporated into that of Woodham Mortimer.

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