Frinton-on-Sea Things to Do

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    St. Mary's parish church
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    Church Entrance at side of building
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    Frinton Railway Station & Crossing Cottage...

    by arturowan Updated Sep 10, 2014

    Frinton railway station is nearly the oldest building in the town, originally opened to the public 1st July 1888 (- although trains had been running on the line to Walton since 1867)
    Frinton, as it was then known, was an undeveloped farming hamlet, only having the status of a 'halt', its resort image not coming until another half century...
    2 months later, the station was re-titled Frinton-0n-Sea, which it remained until 20th February 1969
    Frinton was again reverted to on the official sign, until 20th May 2007 - since which the station is again, officially Frinton-0n-Sea...
    The original railway station is rather quaint, & does not at all fit Frinton's upmarket image, being thoroughly outdone by the more impressive stations at nearby Clacton, & Parkeston...
    As the town developed, Great Eastern expanded the site to include a stationmaster's house, 16-lever signalling box, & gatekeeper's cottage...
    With the downsizing of the railways & depletion of staff in later decades, all these buildings fell into disrepair, & for a while, the gatekeeper's cottage became an overgrown, derelict sentrypost at what was the iconic gateway into 'high-class Frinton'...
    Crossing Cottage now serves a museum, intended to show a typical Edwardian working man's house, lacking running water, electric light or heating, with a copper tin bath that had to be filled with water heated over the hearth, obtained from a garden well...
    Inside Crossing Cottage is a photographic history of former gatekeepers, with interesting anecdotes about their life, beside the branch line...
    When still a working cottage, chickens were kept in a pen, in order to provide eggs, just a walk away, down the garden path...
    Today, apple trees grow in the flowery garden, which is kept as a bird-feeding, & wildlife area, where slowworms are being encouraged to breed...
    Within the voluntarily maintained garden, the old signal box has also been retired as a static exhibit...
    Also retired on the general site, are Frinton's iconic 'the gates', both of which have been remounted on pillars in the flowerbed, bordering the car park, leading towards the station platform...
    (for specific history of Frinton's railway gates, refer to my separate article...)
    0pening times - 10:00 - 12:00 June - 0ctober, every Tuesday, then every third Tuesday in the month...

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    Frinton Art Deco Architecture...

    by arturowan Updated Sep 20, 2013

    Frinton once had the opportunity to become the capital of showcase 'art deco' architecture, when in 1934, building began of an estate in this modernist style, penned by architect, 0liver Hill...
    Unfortunately, building ceased in 1936, with only 2dozen of the planned, 1000 separate houses completed; so today, it's a matter of wonder what the finished effect of all these modernist structures would have been...
    Fortunately, all the original designs are still standing, on separate plots, dotted throughout the suburban, eastern side of the town, & it's well worth strolling around, just to spot them...
    0f course, these houses are private residences, so you can not enter the gardens, but even so, their white walls, with characteristic mix of right angle, & rounded corners, with flat roofs, & porthole-style windows, with black frames, stand out from their commonplace neighbours...
    The Round House, Cliff way is the most distinctive design, being an actual roundhouse, with square flat roof, forming a balcony, above the ground floor rooms, & was the first built, having been the showhouse for the proposed Frinton Park Estate...
    The rest of the development is centred around the private road, that is Graces Walk, including the only single storey structure, appositely titled The Bungalow; with more typical 2 storey styles to be seen next door, & in ajoining Audley, Waltham, & Quendon Ways...
    Hidden under ivy & trees at the bottom of the railway bridge leading to the main road, is the former office for Frinton Park Court, which was later converted into apartments & also the Masonic Lodge, but is now in a derelict state of subsidence...
    It's a shame that the vision for Frinton to become a centre of modernism never came to be, but it was always unlikely that a cutting edge architectural development, sharing the vision of Walter Gropius, or Norman Bel Geddes, was ever going to sell to customers seeking a traditional resort...
    The slow-selling of the first set of houses, caused the investor to withdraw support, & that was the end of the vision for Frinton Park Court...
    However, in the last few decades, new dwellings, & 2 of the seafront apartment developments have been built in identical style to that intended by 0liver Hill, & the resort's seafront roofline has benefitted enormously from these dare-to-be-different styles...

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    Those Victorians!! Buy one if you can afford one !

    by joanj Written Oct 6, 2008

    If you go down to the promenade by the beach you will see the Victorian Beach Huts. They are of a very dull colour, not gaily painted like other beach huts dotted around the coastline.

    Victorian Beach Huts

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    Take a hike!

    by planxty Updated Jul 16, 2007

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    OK, don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to be offensive here, as in the American expression "take a hike, buddy", I'm merely making a suggestion.

    Frinton is basically a suburb of Walton (see separate tips), or the other way round if you prefer. Either way, they are only about a mile and a half apart, connected by a lovely sea walk. If you've come to this part of the coast by train, you will have to get into Walton to get the train back to London anyway so you might as well walk the seafront as go all the way back up town to get the bus.

    It really is one of my great delights in life, waling by the sea, and nowhere better to do it than in England. Wander along and think of all the different invasions that have happened here - Viking (?), Saxon, Roman - it's just a lovely way to spend an afternoon. Of course, if you're a bit more energetic, you could walk the seven or so miles the other way to Clacton and get the train there.
    If you're really lucky, you might get to see an old-fashioned Thames barge like the one pictured in the third photo. Sorry my lens wasn't long enough for a good shot, but I hope you get the idea.

    Seafront Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England. Seafront Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England. Seafront Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England.
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    New twist on an old theme.

    by planxty Written Jul 16, 2007

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    As I have travelled about England, Britain, Europe and beyond it becomes abundantly clear that the one thing we all need to survive is water. You can go for weeks without food, but you have to have water or you're finished.

    I have seen many old water pumps and cattle troughs about the place, many of them now sadly disused as there is no further need of them. It was, therefore, with great delight, that I happened upon this little gem on the seafront at Frinton.

    I was quite convinced the idea of providing public water sources was a dim and distant memory, but apparently not. As recently as the year 2000, this public water fountain was erected (see photo for details of the benefactors). Good for them, I say!

    As you can see from the photo, the nicely landscaped gardens also provide a welcome resting place for people to sit for a while.

    Why do I take such delight in such simple things, and why do I feel the need to share them with you - I have no idea, but if you happen to be in Frinton, it might just make your day!

    Water Fountain, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England. Water Fountain, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England.

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    Smallest in the County, apparently.

    by planxty Written Jul 16, 2007

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    I happened upon the Church of St. Mary, the old parish church of Frinton-on-Sea, by accident. I'm very glad I did. It is a beautiful old place, probably originally constructed by the Normans (the thickness of the walls and the style tends to confirm this) and, although not used much now, it stands as a reminder of about 1,000 years of Christian worship on the site.

    Purely by chance, I got talking to one of the Churchwardens tending some graves, and he told me that it is the smallest parish Church in Essex. I have no reason to doubt him, and a look at the photos will confirm to you how small it actually is.

    Allowed to fall into disrepair over many years, it was restored completely in the 19th century.

    To the rear of the Church is a beautifully tended garden.

    I have included a photo here of one of the many war graves you will find in small British churchyards. A young man, RAF pilot, killed in the defence of his country against the Nazis. Very sad and very humbling, but I'm glad to see that the grave is still well-tended.

    The last photograph, a sign on the Church door, I include as a very sad reminder, if any were needed, of the state of Britain today. I dread to think what the "young ladies" must have done, but I have a fair idea, and I find it absolutely appalling. I am not myself a Christian, but I approach a place like this in the same spirit of respect as I would (and have done) a Buddhist temple, mosque, synagogue, gudwara or whatever. It appears other are not like minded.

    St. Mary's Church, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England. St. Mary's Church, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England. Garden, St. Mary's Church, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex. War Grave, St. Mary's Church, Frinton-on-Sea.
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    Quaint Church of St. Mary

    by joanj Updated Oct 6, 2008

    Situated at the end of the High Street, just before the greensward and the beach, can be found this lovely little church of St. Mary.

    St. Mary's parish church Church Entrance at side of building Rear of the church showing the bells

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