The oldest known record of Laindon dates from 998 when one man from 'Ligeandune' was required for ship duty.
The Domesday Book records the name as 'Legenduna', with the parish being held by the Bishop of London.
Laindon means 'Hill by the Lyge'. The Lyge is believed to be a Celtic river name and 'Dun' is Anglo Saxon for 'Hill'.
The Lyge springs from the hill upon which St Nicholas Church stands and is a tributary of the River Crouch but the source has not yet been found.
St Nicholas Church was built in the 13th Century and is Grade I listed. Its most notable features are its Bell Tower and the Priest/School House on the West end of the church. It's 360 degrees views from the church is worth a visit alone. It is one of the major sites on the Basildon Heritage Trail.