Brightlingsea, Essex

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Browse our selection of vintage and retro black and white photographs of Brightlingsea, along with a selection of historic maps, local history books, and fascinating memories that our visitors have contributed. Most of our photos and maps are available to buy in a wide range of product formats, including framed prints, canvas prints and personalised photo gifts including tea towels, mugs, jigsaws, tableware, cushion covers and as customised calendars.

Old Maps of Brightlingsea

Historic Maps of Brightlingsea and the local area.

The photo must have been taken in about 1963. The two people in the boat are me and my Dad. We had one of the first caravans on Point Clear and regularly got the ferry across to use the outdoor pool and boating lake. At the time we lived in South Benfleet but I have now lived in Brightlingsea with my family for the past twenty years. My parents joined us here 4 years ago. It is so strange to see us in this image.

Added 11 September 2016
During the late 40's and 50's we all travelled to Jaywick Sands for our summer and bank holidays and on the weekends made regular excursions to the nearby seaside resorts of Frinton and Walton-on-the Nase but my favourite was Brightlingsea, the main reason being that we went to collect winkles for a Sunday evening snack on returning home, complete with a pin for their removal. The best bit was crossing ...see more