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Southend-on-Sea

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121,183,22

Harwich

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73,193,5

Clacton-on-Sea

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49,90,19

Colchester

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83,238,31

Stansted

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71,141,18

Walton-on-the-Naze

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19,55,0

Frinton-on-Sea

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23,38,1

Coggeshall

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31,74,1

Brentwood

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28,24,7

Chelmsford

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14,15,25

Harlow

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17,41,13

Basildon

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13,21,7

Maldon

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4,17,1

Canvey Island

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6,11,0

Finchingfield

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6,14,0

Mistley

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14,26,0

Dovercourt

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9,28,0

Tilbury Fort

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11,15,0

Romford

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1,2,4

Tiptree

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6,13,0

Billericay

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1,0,0

Goldhanger

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2,4,0

Takeley

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2,6,9

Great Bardfield

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2,8,0

Great Tey

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1,5,0

Great Dunmow

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5,5,10

Bradwell on Sea

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0,1,0

Stansted Mountfitchet

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6,9,2

Epping

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3,9,3

Tilbury

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3,2,0

Tollesbury

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0,1,0

Thaxted

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4,10,3

Saffron Walden

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8,35,2

Great Easton

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1,5,0

Clavering

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1,4,0

Castle Hedingham

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1,7,0

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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Harwich

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  • 2-wheel touring...

    Harwich Transportation

    Harwich is a main link on 2 well-mapped routes intended for the long-distance cyclist:The North Sea Cycle Route;UK National Cycle Network.Both routes are signed with blue rectangles with a white bicycle, a number to signify the actual route, & arrows pointing in which direction to follow...There are no shortage of these signs in & around Harwich,...

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  • The Pier at Harwich

    Harwich Hotels

    The Quay, Harwich, CO12 3HH, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Harwich Harbour Foot Ferry...

    Harwich Transportation

    Although Harwich, Felixstowe, & Shotley Gate are all within a mile of each other, as the seagull flies, it's impossible to visit all 3 in 1 day, if you're hiking or cycling, because each 1 is on a separate peninsula - that is unless you take the foot ferry which connects all 3 in a single voyage...Fares vary depending on whether or not you're doing...

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Clacton-on-Sea

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  • What's on in Clacton?

    Clacton-on-Sea Things to Do

    If you are looking for things to do in Clacton you can find out at www.WhatsOnTendring.com/clacton the what's on guide lists all events in the district of Tendring so you will find plenty of things going on throughout the area. If you have an event coming up then you can list the event on the site it's so easy to do and you don't have to waste time...

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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: Couples

  • Wartime sea-rescues...

    Clacton-on-Sea Off The Beaten Path

    Along Clacton seafront, west of the pier, just before the sea wall turns into Jaywick, is a memorial plaque remembering 30th April 1914Winston Churchill, while serving in the Navy, was forced to land the seaplane he was flying, & abandon it on the seafront, coming ashore at the point now marked by the plaque...While waiting for the vessel to be...

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Colchester

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  • Don't judge a book by its cover...

    Colchester Nightlife

    Ive worked in many clubs across Essex & London and for me, The Silk Road is right up there with the best. Each club has its downfalls and no club is perfect, but The Silk Road is given a lot of unfair criticism in my opinion. Ive worked in the industry & in this town for over 8 years, in pretty much every role possible so I'd like to think I know...

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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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  • 1940's themed tearoom...

    Colchester Restaurants

    Jacqueline's Tea Room opened in March 2014Within a month it has 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 was a special...

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Stansted

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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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  • 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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  • Airport – London Stansted (STN)

    Stansted Transportation

    Although it likes to call itself London Stansted the airport is in fact 30 miles from Central London. The airfield opened in 1943 and was used for the Second World War by the Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Force. BAA took control in 1966 and became an airport for holiday charter operators. The current terminal was built in 1991 and...

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Walton-on-the-Naze

  • 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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  • Red sails in the sunrise...

    Walton-on-the-Naze Things to Do

    Walton is an east coast resort, so any day of the year, you can watch the sun rise over the waves...It's a great way to start the day, & very often the best part of the day, especially in wet, gloomy weather, when often this is the only opportunity to see the sun at all...0n a clear day, even in midwinter, there is something special about the...

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  • Radio Caroline location...

    Walton-on-the-Naze Off The Beaten Path

    Radio Caroline was the name of the 'pirate' station, that broadcast pop music from the North Sea, to mainland Britain...The offshore radio station was founded by Irish musician-cum-music business entrepeneur, Ronan 0'Rahilly, in 1964He had been unable to promote the singer Georgie Fame, because Radio luxembourg - the only European station...

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Frinton-on-Sea

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  • Frinton Accommodation (0r lack of it)...

    Frinton-on-Sea Local Customs

    If you're planning to stay in Frinton proper, (the area once known, as 'inside the gates' - see separate article) you might be surprised to discover that there are only 3 choices of (upmarket) accommodation, (other than holiday lets);The Maplin, & The Rock hotels, & Uplands Guesthouse...This might seem extraordinary for a seaside resort, but...

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  • The Glencoe Hotel

    Frinton-on-Sea Hotels

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

  • Frinton Gates...

    Frinton-on-Sea Local Customs

    Frinton, for as long as most folk can remember, has always been associated with its iconic railway crossing gates...Not that they were unique to the resort, but as far as true Frintonians were concerned, the gates marked the boundary between Frinton proper, & the rest of the common proletariat living outside them...So, when Network Rail decided...

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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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  • Chavs

    Brentwood Warnings and Dangers

    Chavs are a result of inbreeding in some of the rougher parts of essex and kent, in fact all the home counties... unfortunately they are starting to spread around the country and now sightings have been confirmed in europe, the states and unfortunately dubai...people are worried about bird flu but theres a more immediate danger...see...

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  • Marygreen Manor Hotel

    Brentwood Hotels

    London Road, Brentwood, CM14 4NR, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • 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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Chelmsford

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  • Tucano's

    Chelmsford Restaurants

    A Brazilian restaurant steakhouse that will leave you full of food and drinks with no space left for the local pub ale.

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  • Chelmsford Serviced Apartments

    Chelmsford Hotels

    43 Baddow Road, Chelmsford, CM2 0DD, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Best pubs in Chelmsford

    Chelmsford Nightlife

    Although not immediately apparent, Chelmsford has several good little pubs offering real ale, friendly staff and minimal music/fruit machines. In no particular order, our favourites are:The Woolpack: excellent real ales, sausage menu a speciality, gamesThe United Brethren: no frills or pretensions, interesting artefacts overhead and don't forget to...

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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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  • Travelodge Harlow

    Harlow Hotels

    Burnt Mill , Harlow, CM20 2JB, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • 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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Basildon

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  • Pie & Mash for the Masses!

    Basildon Restaurants

    Robins is a bit of a chain consisting of 3 or 4 shops in the London area.Food - Well, it's a pie with ground (minced if your English) beef filing, mashed potatoes and something they call liquor which is basically parsley and potato stock (the water the potatos were boiled in?). Rather basic, but....they do have Jellied Eels and Hot Eels & Mash. So,...

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  • Premier Inn Basildon- Rayleigh

    Basildon Hotels

    Arterial Road (A127), Rayleigh Weir, Basildon, SS6 7SP, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Wat Tyler or Pitsea Hall park ?

    Basildon Things to Do

    The country park to the south of Basildon is worth a visit. It has virtually nothing to recommend it in terms of scenery - as all you get are stunning views of marshes, pylons and, wait fot it ; Canvey Island.On the other hand there is a Free Powerboat museum, several restored Essex barns and house from other parts of the county, a marina, some...

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Maldon

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  • Watch or participate in the mud

    Maldon Things to Do

    One of its querks was the New Years Day mud race across the 400m river Blackwater from bank to bank through the freezing water at low tide and the oozing mud, for charity.The date for this event has now been changed since the freezing New Year conditions of 2010, to Springtime, but none the less its still very cold water

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    Maldon Hotels

    Colchester Rd Tolleshung Knigh Maldon Essex CM9 8H

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Cosy Country Pub

    Maldon Restaurants

    The Hurdlemakers is really the epitomy of what an English country pub should be - it's a charming, cosy establishment set in the heart of the Essex countryside between Maldon and Danbury. I have so many lovely memories of balmy summer evenings spent in their garden enjoying a cold beer, as The Hurdlemakers has been a favourite in my family for as...

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Canvey Island

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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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  • The monsters of Canvey Island

    Canvey Island Warnings and Dangers

    Be careful about what you might find washed up on the shoreline...this one should have made the X-files !Back in 1954, a rather mysterious and ugly reddish-brown creature in a decomposed state was washed up on Canvey Island. It was said to be some form of marine life, with protruding eyes standing about two and a half feet tall. I say standing,...

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  • All roads don't lead to Rome..

    Canvey Island Transportation

    Canvey island was a true island until 1931 when the first bridge was finished. It is now connected to the mainland via 'Canvey Way' which can get quite clogged up at peak times and a smaller road via Benfleet. This 'back route' runs off the island and up onto a river bluff known as 'Millionaire's road'. Where else would you want to live if you had...

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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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