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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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Do you believe in ghosts?  Have you heard about the Roman Soldier who walks the Strood?

Do you believe in ghosts? Have you heard about the Roman Soldier who walks the Strood?

During the Roman times, Mersea Island was a Roman outpost and wasn't too far away from the extremely important Roman settlement of Colchester, Essex. Quite possibly the oldest ghost seen in the UK is the apparition of a Roman Soldier which has been seen crossing the Strood, the ancient causeway whi...

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Ray Island & Mysterious Tales!

Ray Island & Mysterious Tales!

Ray Island lies to the right of the Strood as you come across onto the island. The large sandy mound rising out of the surrounding saltings is owned by the National Trust who brought the land in 1970. According to volunteer warden David Nicholls, the National Trust brought it for three main reasons...

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Anglo-Saxon Fish Traps & Mersea Island

Anglo-Saxon Fish Traps & Mersea Island

What is a coastal fish weir? ‘Were’ is an Anglo Saxon word meaning fish trap. It is an artificial barrier created within an inter-tidal zone which is an area that is above water at low tide and under water at high tide. In other words, the area between the tide marks. The weir was cons...

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Was there ever a railway on Mersea Island?

Was there ever a railway on Mersea Island?

The early 1900’s was when the golden age of seaside towns was gaining in popularity and the railway made travelling there easy and affordable for all classes of people. Heavy goods and coal was brought to Mersea by boat and barges up until the end of the first World War and in 1911 a group of...

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