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a Seaside Town in the county of Essex

About Brightlingsea

A medieval port on the Colne estuary, Brightlingsea was once an associate member of the Cinque Ports. The history of the town goes back to Roman times and it's industry has always been linked to the sea.

In the 20th century Oyster catching was important and there was a large fleet of 'Colchester Smacks' leaving from the harbour. The picturesque natural harbour accommodates around 500 boats and Brightlingsea has become a centre for Yachting and other watersports.

There is an excellent Promenade which has Boating Lakes, and a Paddling Pool is greatly enjoyed by children who also get tremendous fun from 'crabbing' amongst the tidal pools left by the receeding tides. The Colne Yacht Club welcome visitors and for thos interested in the history of the town there is a museum in Brightlingsea. This is a pleasant place and visitors are assured of a warm welcome.

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St Osyth Priory, Essex

St Osyth (38 Pictures) in the county of Essex

(2.6 miles, 4.2 km, direction SE of Brightlingsea)

The village is noted for its medieval Priory, a Grade I listed building which started life as a foundation for Augustinian Canons around 1127, it later became an abbey which was eventually dissolved in 1539...

Clacton-on-Sea Beach, Essex

Clacton-on-Sea (122 Pictures) a Seaside Town in the county of Essex

(5.6 miles, 9.0 km, direction E of Brightlingsea)

Clacton-on-Sea is a fine Victorian resort that offers visitors and enjoyable and jolly time...

Greenstead Church, said to be the world's oldest wooden building, in Greenstead, England

Greenstead (1 Pictures) in the county of Essex

(6.4 miles, 10.2 km, direction NW of Brightlingsea)

Greenstead Church is said to be the oldest wooden building in the world. Well worth a visit....

St Peter's Church, Colchester

Colchester (167 Pictures) a Historic Market Town in the county of Essex

(7.7 miles, 12.3 km, direction NW of Brightlingsea)

Interestingly, this is England's oldest-recorded town. It has stood on the banks of the River Colne amid fine Essex countryside throughout some of history's most tempestuous times...

Railway Station at Manningtree, Essex, at start of 'Constable Country Walk'

Manningtree (19 Pictures) a Historic Market Town in the county of Essex

(9.0 miles, 14.5 km, direction N of Brightlingsea)

The town shows fine examples of weavers cottages and walks through the town reveal fine Georgian facades behind which are Tudor and Elizabethan houses...

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Beth Chatto Gardens, May 2001

Beth Chatto Gardens (22 Pictures)

(4.4 miles, 7.0 km, direction N)


A picture of Chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall

Chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall (8 Pictures)

(6.7 miles, 10.8 km, direction SW)

The Chapel of St Peter-on-the-Wall is the oldest church in England, having been built by St Cedd in 654ad. It sits right on the.....

St. Botolphs Priory in Colchester

St. Botolph's Priory (3 Pictures)

(7.0 miles, 11.3 km, direction NW)



Colchester Castle (21 Pictures)

(7.3 miles, 11.8 km, direction NW)

Colchester is an ancient town situated on the site where a Roman city once stood. It is most famous for its massive Norman.....

Willie Lott's Cottage, Flatford Mill, Suffolk

Flatford Mill (52 Pictures)

(9.8 miles, 15.8 km, direction N)

Standing on the River Stour beneath the wonderful open Suffolk sky, Flatford Mill, one of the 18th century water-mills owned by.....

Dedham Art and Craft Centre

Dedham Art and Craft Centre (1 Pictures)

(10.2 miles, 16.4 km, direction N)

The Dedham Art & Craft Centre is situated in the heart of Constable Country, on the North Essex/Suffolk border. In this.....

The Naze Tower at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. Built in 1721 by Trinity House

The Naze Tower (3 Pictures)

(11.8 miles, 19.0 km, direction E)

Built above colourful fossil rich cliffs by Trinity House in 1721, the Naze Tower rises 85 feet into the air and affords visitors.....

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