"A wide range of heritage sites
to visit, from prehistoric relics and medieval churches
to stylish Victorian villas"
Steeped in a wealth of History, the Tendring
Peninsula, which takes its name from the old Tendring Hundred
has a wide range of heritage from prehistoric relics and
medieval churches to stylish Victorian villas.
There is a strong maritime history present throughout the
District in towns such as Brightlingsea,
Another legacy of the Essex Sunshine Coast is the Martello
Towers. This line of defensive fortresses located along
the coast in Walton-on-the-Naze, Clacton-on-Sea, Jaywick
and Point Clear were initially built in the 1800's to resist
a potential invasion by Napoleon.
For more information on Culture & Heritage open days
in the Tendring District visit Heritage
Open Days or for information on Essex wide Activities,
Arts and Heritage.
The Mayflower was the ship that transported Pilgrims from
England to the New World in the year 1620. There were 102
passengers and the crew is estimated to be around 30 but
the exact number is unknown. The voyage has become one of
the most important stories in American history. It is entirely
likely that the Mayflower was FIRST launched in Harwich;
she was designated as ‘of Harwich’ in the Port
Books of 1609-11. Harwich was the birthplace of Mayflower
master Christopher Jones in around 1570.
From records of the time, and to avoid confusion with the
many other Mayflower ships, the identity of Captain Jones’
Mayflower is based on her port, Harwich, her tonnage (estimated
at 180-200 tons), and the master’s name in 1620. In
a document of January 1611, Christopher Jones is described
as being ‘of Harwich’, and his ship is called
the Mayflower of Harwich (in Essex county).
Learn more at The
In 2020 the United Kingdom, United States of America and Holland will commemorate and celebrate the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. A series of global events will take place mark this occasion. For more information visit www.mayflower400uk.com
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facts about Tendring!
The old lifeboat house
on Clacton Pier.
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Essex's Past or the Heritage
Gateway, and visit the Links
page for more information on Culture & Heritage.
Naze Tower - Walton-on-the-Naze
old church. Installed by William Morris, the artist was
The Electric Palace Cinema - Harwich