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Brightlingsea is a village and parish,.. About 4 miles north-west from St. Osyth, and about 3 mile down river from Wivenhoe. The parish forms a peninsula, by means of the Colne on the west, and an arm or creek projecting from the river on the east. The oyster trade is carried on here to a great extent, giving employment to the chief part of the inhabitants.
[Pigot's Directory of Essex, 1839]


  • Census returns are available from the usual sources for 1841-1911, which includes most copies held at the ERO, Wharf Rd, Chelmsford. More information on other ways to view these census returns on the Essex

Description and Travel

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Historical Geography

  • Brightlingsea was a member of the Tendring Hundred

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Poor Houses, Poor Law etc.

  • Brightlingsea was a member of the Poor Law Union