Ramsden Crays

Ramsden Crays village sign

Ramsden Crays is a civil parish in the Basildon District of Essex, England. It lies north of Basildon and west of Wickford.

The parish includes the village of Crays Hill.

The place-name 'Ramsden' is first attested in the Domesday Book of 1086, where it appears as Ramesdana. The name means 'wild garlic dene or valley' (cf. the plant ramsons), or possibly 'ram's valley'. Close Rolls show that Ramsden Crays was held by Simon de Craye in 1252, Craye referring to Cray or Craye in France.[1]

The isolated 15th-century church of St Mary's has been converted to a private house. It is a grade II* listed building. [2]


  1. Eilert Ekwall, The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Place-names, p.380.
  2. "Name: CHURCH OF ST MARY List entry Number: 1122251". English Heritage. Retrieved 25 April 2014.
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Coordinates: 51°35′56″N 0°28′30″E / 51.599°N 0.475°E / 51.599; 0.475

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