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Southend-on-Sea

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121,183,23

Clacton-on-Sea

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56,135,19

Harwich

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82,212,5

Stansted

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71,141,18

Colchester

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102,289,31

Walton-on-the-Naze

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21,63,0

Frinton-on-Sea

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24,47,1

Coggeshall

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31,74,1

Brentwood

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26,23,7

Mistley

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19,39,0

Dovercourt

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11,33,0

Harlow

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17,41,13

Canvey Island

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8,24,0

Tiptree

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6,13,0

Finchingfield

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6,14,0

Chelmsford

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15,15,25

Basildon

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13,21,7

Tilbury Fort

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11,15,0

Romford

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1,3,4

Tilbury

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3,2,0

Takeley

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2,6,9

Great Dunmow

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5,5,10

Stansted Mountfitchet

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6,9,3

Goldhanger

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2,4,0

Epping

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3,9,3

Great Tey

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1,5,0

Great Bardfield

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2,8,0

Castle Hedingham

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1,7,0

Braintree

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1,6,6

Tollesbury

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0,1,0

Thaxted

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4,10,3

Layer Marney

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1,8,0

Southend-on-Sea

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  • Neighbouring Parishes

    Southend-on-Sea Favorites

    Although everyone talks of Southend on Sea it is made up and adjoins a number of local Parishes.From the entrance of the Thames within the jurisdiction of Southend and following the river upwards towards London, is1 Shoeburyness2 Thorpe Bay ( with Southchurch to the north)3 Southend4 Westcliff on Sea / Chalkwell (Eastwood to the north)5 Leigh on...

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  • Roslin Beach Hotel

    Southend-on-Sea Hotels

    A warm and friendly welcome in this family run hotel,situated on the Sea Front at Thorpe Bay.It...

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  • Church of St Mary the Virgin -...

    Southend-on-Sea Things to Do

    There has been a church on this site for well over 1000 years and the church at Prittlewell is mentioned in the Doomsday Survey of 1086.Over the years, various additions were made to the church and in the 15th century the magnificent tower was built together with a porch and an eastern wall that now forms part of the Jesus Chapel. Since then the...

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Clacton-on-Sea

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  • Jaywick Sands...

    Clacton-on-Sea Off The Beaten Path

    If you want to find the best beaches in Clacton area, then most agree that these are Jaywick Sands - the area between the main resort & the shingle spit at Colne Point...You only have to walk a km, to the right of the pier, in the direction where a tractor & a couple of fishing boats are beached, to reach these soft, sandy beaches...I think that...

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  • Chudleigh

    Clacton-on-Sea Hotels

    13 Agate Rd, Marine Parade West, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1RA, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • The Pavilion Fun Park...

    Clacton-on-Sea Things to Do

    The Marine Parade area west of the pier is now full of themed amusements, rides, & a cafe...It is not the area of town that suits me, but it is what a seaside resort is all about, providing alternative entertainment for adults & especially children, to the pier & amusement arcade...0pens daily - 10:30 (closing time seasonal...)

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Harwich

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  • A quaint place to relax...

    Harwich Things to Do

    I think many foreigners visit my country, expecting it to be "quaint" - Harwich as a town, ain't that, but it does have its quaint features; relics of the past that managed to survive the neglect of the local council, & none more so than Ha'penny Pier...This isn't the extensive boardwalk you'll encounter in nearby Walton-on-the-Naze, or...

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  • The Pier at Harwich

    Harwich Hotels

    The Quay, Harwich, CO12 3HH, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Crimea in England...

    Harwich Nightlife

    The Alma Inn & Dining Rooms, is located in central Harwich town, which is not a specific direction, because so are several other such public houses...However, the Alma Inn, is perhaps just that little bit special, having been founded during the Crimean War, hence the name of the inn, taken from that of the town there, where 1 of the decisive...

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Stansted

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  • Stansted Express (train)

    Stansted Transportation

    The Stansted Express is the fastest way to travel to/from London.With 4 trains per hour it is also the means of transportation that runs most frequent to/from the Capital.An Express Class Open Return ticket to the London Liverpool Street Station from ticket machine/office costed £26.80 and is valid for 3 months (in 2009).Tickets can also be bought...

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  • Down Hall Country House Hotel

    Stansted Hotels

    This hotel seemed to have it all, all the facilities, two restaurants and conference facilities....

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  • The airport

    Stansted Transportation

    My Stansted page has lots of info about the airport (an airport I actually quite like). And the official airport website linked below has even more.If you are thinking about using Stansted I'd make these points in particular:1. Remember that Stansted is 40+ miles from London. You will spend both time and money travelling to and from the airport, so...

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Colchester

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  • 1940's themed tearoom...

    Colchester Restaurants

    Jacqueline's Tea Room opened in March 2014Within a month of opening, it developed a dedicated group of regular customers & developed a reputation for providing traditional English teas within a 1940's setting...The interior decor really is convincing, with many 1940's ornaments, & my favourite, a bakelite radio, from the era when the 'wireless'...

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  • Premier Inn Colchester Central

    Colchester Hotels

    It was only due to local knowledge that we found this place, as most maps including Google, seem to...

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  • Colchester Arts Centre...

    Colchester Things to Do

    Colchester Arts Centre is housed inside the former Saint Mary's church, in the Balkerne area of Colchester...This means it is within a stroll from the Mercury Theatre, the town's other centre for the performing arts...All sorts of stage shows are performed at Colchester Arts Centre, from live music, to theatre, drama, & stand-up comedy...However,...

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Walton-on-the-Naze

  • Bathhouse Meadow & Columbine Centre...

    Walton-on-the-Naze Things to Do

    Walton's Bathhouse Meadow lies alongside the main road, which is the isthmus that connects the town to the Naze, via Marine Parade...0n this site is a playing field, childrens' playground, public swimming baths, & the Columbine Centre - the area is used for the annual town car show (see separate tip...)The Columbine Centre can be hired for private...

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  • War Cemetery & WWI Centenary Statue...

    Walton-on-the-Naze Local Customs

    Walton War Cemetery is located adjacent All Saints church on the main road, just outside the town centre...It is arranged into different sections for each service represented by separate monuments;Royal Air Force1914 - 1918 MemorialMerchant NavyRoyal NavyLocated between the 2 Navy memorials is a bust of Pte.H.G.Columbine V.C...He was...

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  • Bird life...

    Walton-on-the-Naze Things to Do

    Like any seaside resort, Walton has its fair share of feathered friends, & if you spend any amount of time there, you'll notice how differently each species behave & makes its home in a niche in the seaside environment...Turnstones usually flock together on the beach, moving up the shoreline as the tide arrives, but they will gather along the...

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Frinton-on-Sea

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  • Take a rest...

    Frinton-on-Sea Local Customs

    A visitor to Frinton is never short of somewhere to sit down, because there are public benches as far as the eye can see!Not only do the many gardens have benches, but they are the full length of the greensward, for those who wish to enjoy the view out to sea...Most of the benches throughout the resort are dedicated to a former resident, so they...

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  • The Glencoe Hotel

    Frinton-on-Sea Hotels

    15 Harold Road, Frinton-on-sea, Essex CO13

  • Frinton Railway Station & Crossing...

    Frinton-on-Sea Things to Do

    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...

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Coggeshall

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  • The Chapel of St Nicholas

    Coggeshall Off The Beaten Path

    St Nicholas is the chapel dates back to 1225. It is definitely off the beaten path. There are no signs directing you to this tiny chapel on the end of Abbey Lane. I am partial to this tiny chapel because we were married there! If you ask a local they can point you in the right direction, and if you ask the viccar of St. Peter's (the main church in...

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  • The White Hart Hotel

    Coggeshall Hotels

    This hotel is the only hotel we have in Coggeshall. It is in the Center of town and it is where all...

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  • Coggeshall Museum

    Coggeshall Things to Do

    Opening Hours:- Every Sunday 2:15pm - 4:45pm (Beginning April to end October) - Bank Holiday Mondays 2:15pm - 4:45pm Coggeshall Museum opened in 1990 in an annex to St. Peter's Hall (now the Village Hall) in Stoneham Street. The hall itself was formerly one of Coggeshall's breweries but since the 1920s has been a focus for many of Coggeshall's...

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Brentwood

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  • Carvery

    Brentwood Restaurants

    A lot of the old carvery's are being taken over by other people and they're turning them into normal restaurants.For anyone that doesn't know, a carvery is basically a roast dinner... roasted meats roast potatoes veggies gravy etc... it's very filling... but makes you want to sleep afterwards. Think about a christmas dinner where chicken, beef,...

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  • Premier Inn Brentwood

    Brentwood Hotels

    169 Kings Road, Brentwood, RM2 6JD, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Secret Nuclear Bunker

    Brentwood Things to Do

    During the 1960's the Bunker started like as a Royal Air Force ROTOR station, then a regional government headquarters, and finally a civil defense centre during the cold war. It is able to accomodate 600 people military civilians even the Prime Minister in case of nucelar war and cost up to 3 million to keep it on standby. As the codl war died down...

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Mistley

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  • Mistley Quay Workshops...

    Mistley Off The Beaten Path

    Mistley Quay Workshops are located behind the obvious centrepiece of the town, the swan fountain, opposite The Mistley Thorn...You cannot really miss them, except that it is actually all too easy to simply walk past the workshops, just by admiring the ornamental swan, as the business centre itself is so poorly signed...In fact, combined with an...

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  • 0n the quayside...

    Mistley Restaurants

    The Mistley Thorn has been a coaching inn for centuries, althoiugh the present building has been rebuilt from the original, which burnt to the ground in 1723The Thorn employs 4 chefs, specialising in seafood dishes, but can also cater vegetarian, or Italian...As well as being a restaurant, The Thorn offers 7 plush guest rooms (rumoured to...

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  • Mistley Quay...

    Mistley Off The Beaten Path

    Mistley's Quay is such an integral part of the place, it might seem silly to describe it as 'off the beaten path'...However, the quay itself is hidden from the town, because the public entrance is at the bottom of the steep hill, which conceals this heavily industrialised section of the waterfront...Unless you make a point of walking off the...

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Dovercourt

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  • Ramsey Windmill...

    Dovercourt Off The Beaten Path

    When you leave Dovercourt by the main road that leads downhill towards the village of Ramsey, the most obvious landmark on the horizon is the windmill - it appears as if you are heading directly towards it...However, after crossing the A120 & entering into Ramsey, via the roundabout, the windmill disappears from view - it is the most disappointing...

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  • Cliff Park Public Convenience...

    Dovercourt Warnings and Dangers

    The public toilets at the top of Cliff Park are a disgrace & a serious public hazard!Firstly, building such a facility so close to the edge of a cliff beside the North Sea was a numbskull decision - when the wind blows in at gale force, as it often does, it is just about impossible to open the individual cubicle doors!If you do manage to open a...

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  • 'Soviet-style' Planning & Inadequate...

    Dovercourt Warnings and Dangers

    Dovercourt has as much seafront as other Tendring resorts, such as Clacton or Frinton, yet whereas both these towns provide several storm shelters, there are only 2 of them, spaced at the extreme ends of Dovercourt..Like any seaside resort, Dovercourt bears the brunt of fickle weather, where sea & river meets land, & even on a sunny day, the...

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Harlow

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  • One of the few pubs in old Harlow

    Harlow Restaurants

    Compared to the nearby “Crown”, this pub looks a little more upmarket and may appear even less lively. Once inside, however, you will find a similar crowd as in the Crown. The audience is pretty mixed, with all ages present. Prices for a pint are usually just below 3,00 GBP. Guest ales are present as well as the usual lager stuff. Together with the...

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  • Premier Inn Harlow

    Harlow Hotels

    I have not been here, as I can always stay at my friend's house when I am in Harlow, but when we...

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  • Pub in one of Harlow's oldest buildings

    Harlow Restaurants

    This is probably the most traditional pub you will find in Harlow. It has been a pub since 1703, but the building is probably from the 16th century. Together with the street it is in, it creates the village charm of Old Harlow which you will miss in most other parts of the town. The Crown has an interesting mixture of old and young people, with the...

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Canvey Island

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  • Most Iconic venue of Canvey...

    Canvey Island Nightlife

    No consideration of the history of Canvey Island is complete without mention of its Grade II Listed, 17th Century inn; The Lobster Smack...The Lobster Smack has its place in the cultural history of England, & for the most contrasting reasons; not only has it been mentioned in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, but the author actually stayed there...

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  • Canvey Art Deco...

    Canvey Island Restaurants

    The Labworth is an iconic Canvey stucture, penned by 0ve Arup in the late-Art Deco style, known as 'International', having been inspired by the design of the bridge of The Queen Mary...The now Grade II Listed restaurant, was constructed, (to standards inferior to those intended by the architect), from reinforced-concrete, during 1932 - 33It was...

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  • Dr.Feelgood...

    Canvey Island Local Customs

    Dr.Feelgood are a rhythym'n'blues band which emerged from Canvey Island in 1971To this day they continue as a touring & recording ensemble, having gone through numerous personnel & shifts in musical style, 1 thing that remains at their core is their connection to Canvey Island...0il City Confidential, a movie biopic of the band, the title of which...

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Tiptree

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  • Wilkin & Sons Limited...

    Tiptree Things to Do

    Any journey through Tiptree is unique because of the aroma in the air - it's the sort of mouth-wateringly sweet scent you receive from the rush of hot air, when you open the oven door after baking jam tarts...This is because, Tiptree is the tiny Essex town, which gives its name to the product that is exported around the world by Wilkin & Sons, the...

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  • Tiptree tea room Cream Tea

    Tiptree Restaurants

    Cream Teas!A cream tea at this place includes 2 fruit scones, butter, a pot of their jam, fresh cream and a pot of hot tea. Del-ish-ous!

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  • Tiptree Jam

    Tiptree Favorites

    Wilkins & Sons produce Jam Preserves, Marmalade, Relishes, Mustards, Honey, and Tea, just to name a few of their different products.The picture shows an old fashioned jam filler, which can be found in the museum. Before 1950, when this filler was first introduced, every jar was filled by hand. One person filled approx 20 jars per minute.This...

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Finchingfield

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  • The most perfect village in England ?

    Finchingfield Things to Do

    If you were looking for the sterotypical ideal of an English village then there is no real need to lok beyond the village of Finchingfield located deep in the lanes of northern Essex, If you have this image of elderly spinsters cycling home from choir practice in the lengthening shadows of a summer evening past old duffers peering into their pints...

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  • The Fox Inn

    Finchingfield Restaurants

    The Fox Inn sits right on Finchingfields village green. It gets incredibly busy during the summer months and at weekends, and is a popular pub with bikers. Has a friendly feel to it, does good bar meals, and you can sit outside - in fact, when all the outdoor tables have been taken, you can still take your glass and sit over on the green (bring the...

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  • St John the Baptist Church

    Finchingfield Things to Do

    The church of St John the Baptist dates back to Norman times - some 800 years ago - and the zig-zag patterns over the main doorway are typical of this period. Entry to the higgledy-piggledy churchyard with its leaning tombstones is via an archway through the medieval guildhall, built some time around 1500 and now housing a small museum and...

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