|A cottage on the B1027 just outside of Clacton|
|Another great looking place on the B1027 just passed the St Osyth turn off.|
|A field full of Pheasants...camera not quite got a good enough zoom lol|
I eventually came to Thorrington, this was a surprise addition to the ride, I haven't heard of the Thorrington Tide mill before and I'm glad I took the time to stop and detour slightly for a look.
A picturesque, medium-sized, timber-framed, tide-driven watermill, dated 1831, in the ownership of Essex County Council. This has a breast-shot waterwheel and 3 pairs of millstones. It is one of only a handful of tide mills still in working order in this country and grinds occasionally.
I continued along the B1029 up a steep hill, on top was the church of All saints Church in Brightlingsea.
|All Saints Church Brightlingsea|
I continued down the hill into Brightlingsea and towards the seafront.
|Bateman's tower was built in 1883 by John Bateman as a folly for his daughter to recuperate from consumption. The tower is sited on Westmarsh point at the entrance to Brightlingsea Creek on the River Colne, and is often mistaken for a Martello Tower. During The Second World War the original roof of the folly was removed so that the tower could be used as an observation post by the Royal Observer Corps. In 2005, a restoration project funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund took place to restore the tower to its original condition, including the fitting of a replica of the original roof, refurbishing the interior of the tower and also painting the outside.|
The tower is now used by many local sailing organizations to administer races. During race days, the public can visit the tower, whose new roof makes it a popular gallery from which to watch races.
Bateman's Tower is leaning slightly.
|The anchor hotel and sailing club.|
INTERIOR: well staircase with fretted balusters and Minton floor tiles, wooden bar fittings and black marble fireplaces
|Looking back at The Anchor hotel, was hoping to catch the foot ferry to point clear, again this ferry had stopped for the season!|
Exposed timber frame. Red plain tiled roofs. Off centre left and end right
chimney stacks to hall. Central stack to right crosswing and to rear of left
crosswing. The originally jettied crosswings now underbuilt. 2 storeys and
attics. Hipped dormer to right of hall. 1:1:1 window range of vari-light C20
glazing. 4 centre arched doorway to left of hall. Exposed halved arched braces
to first floor of crosswings and blocked mullions to crosswings. An interesting
feature is the C15/C16 red brick semi hexagonal stair turret at the angle of the
hall and right crosswing. it is crenellated with 3 bands of trefoiled
corbelling. The pyramidal capping shows signs of crocketting. There is a 2
light window under a square head at eaves level. The right return of right
crosswing has 3 panelled doors, surrounds with flat canopies, similar doorway to
left crosswing return. Original mullion windows now blocked to main frame. 2
storeys. The good quality heavy timber frame is virtually complete with the
first floor of the hall inserted C15/C16. Halved arched braces to walls. Arched
braces to tie beams, those to crosswings supporting 2 armed crown posts. The
hall octagonal crown post with moulded capital and base. C.A. Hewitt suggests a
date of circa 1460-70 for this. Original doors with 4 centred heads, one with
foliated spandrels. The inserted hall ceiling with moulded ceiling beams, main
beams carved with twisted leaves and foliate stops. Moulded and crenellated
wall plates. Large inglenook fireplaces that to east with a moulded lintel with
foliate spandrels. Known to have been the home of the Beriff family whose
memorial brasses in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea are dated circa 1496 to
circa 1578. A Cl9 shop was erected between the crosswings and was demolished
circa 1919 when the building was restored by Mr. Henry Havelock. E.P. Dicken
History of Brightlingsea, 1913.
|82 High St Brightlingsea circa 1450|
I eventually made it back in time for a swim with the kids :)