I spent much of the day today driving from London to Clacton-on-Sea and back, to collect the family who’d taken the train up there yesterday to visit friends staying in a holiday park outside St. Osyth.

Before arriving at the chalets you pass the hugely photogenic St. Osyth Port with its array of preserved Thames lighters and rusting wrecks. It’s a magical place, as I hope these iPhone images show…

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In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson’s Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described St Osyth:

OSYTH (St.), a village, a parish, and a sub-district, in Tendring district, Essex. The village stands on acreek of the river Colne, 1¾ mile N of the coast, 2¾ S E of Brightlingsea r. station, and 11 S E of Colchester; is one of the oldest places in the county; was known to the Saxons as Chich; took its present name from St Osyth.daughter of King Redwald and wife of King Sighere of the East Saxons; and has a post-office‡ under Colchester, and a fair on Holy Thursday. The parish contains also the hamlets of New Frowick and Wigborough-Wick; extends to the coast; and comprises 8, 571 acres of land, and 1, 100 of water. …

You can find out a little more about this fascinating village and port here:

http://www.stosyth.gov.uk/?calltype=about

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