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Great Wakering

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Great Wakering is a village in Essex, England. The nearest large town is Southend which is approximately four miles to the west of the village. Public transport to the village is via bus service from Southend via Arriva and Stephensons, and the village is well served with several historic public houses, a primary school, a Co-Operative supermarket, post office, hairdresser's and several small and characterful village shops. Great Wakering consists mainly of two roads, the High Street, which runs from the junction of Star Lane, and New Road, which begins outside St. Nicholas Parish Church and runs down to the bridges for Foulness Island.HistoryAccording to a medieval tradition, Wakering was the site of a monastery during the seventh century AD. Two Christian cousins of King Ecgberht of Kent, named Aethelred and Aethelberht, were murdered at Eastry, a royal dwelling in the Kingdom of Kent, during King Ecgberht's reign . They were prevented by a miracle from being buried at Canterbury, and were taken instead to an existing monastery at Wakering in the Kingdom of Essex and enshrined there as saints. Ecgberht's brother and successor King Hlothhere of Kent is said by William of Malmesbury to have ridiculed the idea of their sanctity.The village church dates back to Norman times and the board of rectors or vicars inside begins in the year 1200 with simply "Robert", and the next incumbent equally simply named "Peter". The church is dedicated to St. Nicholas and dates back to the 12th Century. However, there have been several areas of restoration. The church exterior was used in filming an episode of Just Good Friends when the 2 main characters were married. As well as the parish church, the village also has a United Reformed Church in Chapel Lane, a Methodist church, and an Evangelical church on Great Wakering High Street.
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