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What to do in Mersea

Mersea Island is the most easterly inhabited island in the UK, situated off the coast of Essex and 9 miles southeast of Colchester.

There are an abundance of things to do on Mersea Island and with the island covering approximately 7 square miles, you will never be bored by the beautiful scenery that awaits you.

 

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What was author Margery Allingham's connection to Mersea Island?

What was author Margery Allingham's connection to Mersea Island?

Margery Allingham's first published novel, Blackkerchief Dick, was set on Mersea Island, where her family spent many holidays. England's easternmost inhabited island, Mersea Island is a few hundred yards off the Essex coast, about 7 miles from Colchester. In the 1920s, the island was a po...

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The Tudor Fort at East Mersea

The Tudor Fort at East Mersea

Henry VIII was a heavy spender and he was the monarch who ordered the construction of the fort or blockhouse at East Mersea near East Mersea Stone. This was one of several defensive works erected in fear of invasion by France and Spain. The triangular fort was built around 1547 and was of...

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The Earthquake of 1884

The Earthquake of 1884

The most destructive earthquake known in Britain for over 500 years happened at 9.18am on April 22nd 1884. The earthquake only lasted for up to ten seconds, but in that time Colchester and the surrounding area was reduced to chaos. Walls buckled and cracked & windows shattered. In some areas, ...

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Red Squirrels on Mersea Island

Red Squirrels on Mersea Island

Article from BBC Essex, 5 February 2015. Organisers of a project to bring red squirrels to an Essex island are hoping the animals will soon start to breed. Twenty squirrels have been released into the wild on Mersea Island since 2012, following a repopulation programme across East Anglia...

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