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Islands of Essex (2nd edition)
Author: Ian Yearsley
ISBN: 0 86025 492 5

Essex is home to the most easterly inhabited island in England and to some of the most important natural landscapes in Europe. Canvey made national headlines during the 1953 flood disaster; Foulness and island nearby are secret lands where MoD interests restrict access; the continental ferry service from Parkeston is built on a former island; Mersea is a popular resort; the islands in the Walton backwaters had a thriving commercial life – but these are just the most obvious.

Elsewhere, Essex islands have been animal breeding and temperance experiments, a great battle against the invading Danes and the naming of a racehorse after an island; a number of museums, nature reserves, oyster pits, to name but a few. From Upper and Lower Horse and Pitsea Hall Island, via Canvey, Two Tree, Havengore, Wallasea, Bridgemarsh, Osea, Northey, and Cindery Islands to the Walton Backwaters and Ray Island and including every other speck on the map surrounded by water.

160 pages, 53 photographs, 6 maps

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