"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"


Jaywick is a seaside village in the Tendring district of Essex, England, 2 miles (3.2 km) west of Clacton-on-Sea. It lies on the North Sea coast of England, 60 miles (97 km) from London and 17 miles (27 km) from Colchester. It was constructed in the 1930s as a holiday resort for Londoners, but over time has become one of the most deprived areas in the country.

The land was originally a combination of fields and salt marshes, and was generally impractical for agricultural use. It was purchased by the entrepreneur Frank Stedman in 1928 to provide low cost and affordable holiday homes to working class families, and became a popular holiday destination throughout the 1930s. After the Second World War, a shortage of housing meant the properties gradually became permanently inhabited despite being unsuitable for this purpose. The local community resisted demolition of the worst estates, and the government tightly controlled building regulations in the village while attempting to rehouse residents elsewhere.

Many of the holiday homes were never designed for long-term residence and are now in a state of disrepair. According to the Indices of deprivation 2010, part of the village is the most deprived area in England. Similar reports followed in 2012 and 2013. Jaywick has significant problems with unemployment and a risk of flooding, despite several attempts by the local council and government to transform the area.

Local authority: Tendring District Council

OS Grid Reference: TM151135

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Things to see and do in and around Jaywick

  • Push Kiting
  • Clacton Zoo
  • Clacton Pavilion
  • Clacton Pier
  • Seaquarium at Clacton Pier
  • Robbie Rascal Party and Play Centre
  • Space Kingdom
  • Brightlingsea Museum
  • Brightlingsea Open Air Pool

Tourist Information

Tourist Information Centre
Town Hall
Station Road
CO15 1SE

Phone 01255 686 633
Email clactontic@tendringdc.gov.uk

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Chance of rain 56%
Max temp. 8°C
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Pressure 1012
Humidity 88%
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Chance of rain 78%
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Chance of rain 48%
Max temp. 9°C
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Max temp. 11°C
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Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
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Humidity 90%
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