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    by arturowan Updated May 14, 2014

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    The East Essex Aviation Society Museum is located in the Martello Tower at Point Clear & was opened to the public in 1986
    The Martello Tower itself is an interesting structure, built in response to the threat of Napoleonic invasion in 1806
    The top of the tower provides a panoramic view out to sea & across the estuary to Brightlingsea, Mersea, & as faraway as Colchester...
    The roof area contains some exhibits which are too large for the main museum, including an aircraft wheel & propeller...
    The ground floor contains exhibits recovered from wartime aircraft crash sites around East Essex, by far the greatest whole item of which, is the entire fuselage of a P51 Mustang, recovered from Clacton seabed in 1987
    The pilot was Raymond E. King, who was forced to ditch in the sea while accompanying another stricken fighter from 436th Squadron, stationed at Wattisham...
    He survived the crash-landing, but spent a lot of time in the seawater, which was freezing cold during January, & despite attempts to revive him, hypothermia set in...
    The museum at Point Clear is dedicated to his memory & acts as a memorial, the East Essex Aviation Society having been formed in 1985 in response to the plan to lift his fighter from out of the sea...
    The Martello Tower was the site where the wreckage was preserved, & is still used as a workshop where recovered military artefacts are treated to deter corrosion...
    Upstairs is an eclectic collection of militaria, donated for exhibit by members of the society, including uniforms, equipment, & memorabilia from both world wars, issued to British, American, & German service personnel...
    Although most of the displays & exhibits have a military theme, some items on display just happen to have been recovered locally, such as a 10 000 year old Mammoth bone!
    0pening hours; 19:00 - 21:30 every Monday - extra hours during summer & Bank Holidays
    Admission = £10

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    • Historical Travel
    • Architecture

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    by arturowan Written Dec 20, 2013

    Favorite thing: I lived on the very outskirts of St 0syth for a couple of years, & to be honest, I felt about the place the same way that Rev. Baring-Gould did, when he was resident of nearby, (at least by boat) East Mersea (- see my West Mersea page...)
    I hated the attitudes of the locals, who seemed very insular to anybody they were not indirectly related to, & regarded any outsider as a; "Londoner" (!) & this is not an uncommon attitude in any English village...
    Why I took exception is that I had grown up in the village of Weeley, all of a country mile away, as the crow flies, so I'm no 'Londoner' (- no offence to Londoners!)
    But why am I writing this, because this is supposed to be about my favourite things about St 0syth!?
    St 0syth, or as the locals say it; "Toosey", is actually the sort of place I usually love, because it's a village bordering a saltmarsh, & I've always adored such places with the smell of salt & marsh mud in the air...
    St 0syth is actually quite a large settlement if you consider it as continuous with Point Clear, & the only main road to this next village, is through the middle of the central crossroads...
    St 0syth has a bridge over Colne Way, the route into Point Clear, where the river meanders inland to Flag Creek, which has a boatyard & holiday resort at the end of it...

    Fondest memory: I lived just up the hill from the boatyard at Flag Creek, so I was able to walk down to the jetty there, then along the river bank into St 0syth...
    It's the perfect place for watching estuary birds & there are 2 huts on stilts, placed there to do this...
    The sea wall runs roughly parallel with the main road between Clacton & Colchester - the area in between which is the grounds of St 0syth Priory...
    This is an area mostly untouched by people & does not have public access, so has become an area where nature thrives & is home to some fallow deer...
    You do not often see the deer, but sometimes they can be seen on the edge of the woodland area, which has a public footpath linking the estuary to the village centre...
    This is where the boatyard is, & there are some interesting ageing hulks, slowly decaying at the river edge, which I remember sitting there & drawing, when it was sunny...

    Related to:
    • Birdwatching
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Sailing and Boating

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