Clacton History

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Clacton a popular east-coast seaside town, possesses a fine dry climate, and the air is extremely bracing. It owes its development chiefly to invasion by the railway in 1882, since which it has rapidly expanded. The town lies high, on the cliff, and the firm yellow sand make the bathing unusually good. The pier is about a quarter of a mile long, and was one of the points of call for the fine Clyde-built steamers which run in the summer to and from London, Clacton is an openly-built, clean looking town, and besides its ephemeral summer visitors, possesses several good hotels and schools, and is gradually attracting a considerable number of middle-class resident. It has been neccessary to protect paret of the front by a massive sea-wall. Photo by Poulton & Son Lee SE

lndenting a sheltered peninsula on the sunshine holiday coast of Essex,

Clacton PastClacton-on-Sea faces due south in a gently curving bay of beautiful sands. Within its boundaries are residential Holland-on-Sea to the east and the bungalow township of Jaywick to the west. ln addition to its attractive location an extremely dry and sunny climate is another of the natural advantages that Clacton offers as a health and pleasure resort.


lt recently merited the distinction of being Britain’s least rainfall holiday town for two consecutive summers. The air is clear, fresh and bracing and

its invigorating effect is immediately felt.

From London’s Liverpool St. Station, Clacton can be reached in as little as 1 hour 20 minutes by the fast and frequent electric train service.

Alternatively, motorway development now ensures a quick and effortless journey by road from most parts of the country (see suggested routes).

Clacton is a strikingly clean town with tree-lined streets, modern shopping centres, and a superior sea-front-unspoiled by commercialism.

Visitors will be both impressed and refreshed by the brightness and colour of the beautifully landscaped sea-front gardens. Exotic palms, trim lawns,

and the rustic-fenced shrub-covered cliffs serve to heighten the pleasure of a walk along the Marine promenades.

An all-day, every-day, whatever-the-weather variety of family enter-tainments and attractions, is tastefully planned by experts with all age groups and most interests in mind.

Clacton Past ButlinsUndoubtedly the seasonal highlight is the town’s spectacular week of Carnival. The summer programme includes numerous sports, particularly sailing -principally centred at the fast growing Holland Haven development. There are also daily coastal cruises, aeroplane trips and coach excursions. Full details of all attractions are contained in a folder enclosed with the fully illustrated Holiday Guide of Clacton-on-Sea obtainable free on request from the Entertainments Department, Town Hall. The Guide provides comprehensive information ;”>relating to the range of excellent but comparatively inexpensive accommodation available at hotels/guest houses, caravan/chalet parks, holiday camps, furnished flats and houses etc. Details of local amenities and services, beach huts and car parks etc. are also included.

Distances by road from London, 65 miles, Birmingham 158, Manchester 219, Bristol 196, Southampton 164, Oxford 124, Norwich 70, Harwich 17, Stansted 47, Dartford Tunnel 66.

Suggested routes from London. Through the City or via North Circular ;”>to Gallows Corner (Romford) thence by the now extremely fast roads all the way to Clacton A.12 (by-passing Brentwood, Chelmsford and Colchester) then A.133 for the remaining 16 miles. From the Midlands-via M.1 to junction A.418 thence via Ampthill, A.507 and A.1O to Puckeridge -A.120 to Colchester and A.133 to Clacton.

Clacton is also an ideal centre for visiting a number of historic houses and castles in the area and for outings to the serene and placid countryside of East Anglia. The castle at nearby Colchester Britain’s oldest town-was built by William the Conqueror on the site of a Roman temple. At St. Osyth, there’s the medieval priory where peacocks strut on shady lawns amid buildings half as old as England’s history. Further along the coast, both to the north and the south, there are fascinating creeks and winding estuaries, the haunt of yachtsmen, artists and wild-fowlers. Inland there are peaceful old-world villages. Beyond Colchester, around Dedham and Flatford, lie the pastoral landscapes immortalised by the paintings of Constable and Gainsborough.

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