Clacton on Sea

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Clacton on Sea Essex: A largish coastal town of some 55,000 inhabitants, Clacton on Sea is located on the Tendring Peninsular, in the county of Essex in eastern England, some 80 miles north-east of London.

Though generally regarded as a relatively recently developed town (1871), Clacton has seen human settlement for thousands of years.

Though a shadow of its former glory days Clacton is still a popular holiday destination, despite the general decline of the traditional British seaside resort, the beach, the West Cliff Theatre and the pier being its main attractions.

Clacton Population: 53,000

Clacton Postcode: CO15 / CO16

Clacton Dialling Code: 01255

Clacton Tourist Information Centre:

Tourist Information Centre - Address: Town Hall/Station Rd, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 1SE. Telephone Number: 01255 686 633‎.


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Clacton History: Probably seeing human activity as far back as the Palaeolithic Era (flint tools have been found in the area), the first real settlement was founded by the Celts in around 100 BC, later activity by the Romans, who may have used it as a seaside retreat, was followed by the Saxons, under whom it took on its name Claccingaton (meaning “village of Clack’s people”). Recorded in the Domesday Book (1086) as Clachintuna, it was listed as belonging to a manor belonging to the Bishop of London, and having forty five tenant farmers and a number of small holdings.

The oldest building in Clacton, is the St John’s parish church, which has surviving sections from the 12th century.

The town, no doubt survived over the ensueing centuries through agriculture and fishing, and an annual Midsummer Fair was held on 29th June for some 700 years. During the 16th century the area was surrendered to Henry VIII, he handed it to Thomas Cromwell, though after Cromwell’s execution, Henry named himself Lord of the Manor of both Little Clacton and Great Clacton.

The 17th and 18th centuries saw a great deal of activity by smugglers, and there are claimed to be numerous secret smugglers tunnels in the area, including one between the Ship Inn and St John’s Church.

The threat from Napoleon and France, saw 3 Martello Towers constructed in the area of Clacton Wick, to warn of impending invasion.

In 1830 riots occurred in Clacton as Luddites set about destroying farm machinery which they considered a threat to their wages and livelihood.

Clacton on Sea Beach and PierClacton on Sea as it is today was only founded in 1871, by a railway engineer called Peter Bruff, when it was developed as a landing point for paddle steamers, and as a seaside resort. Clacton Pier was completed in 1871, and welcomed the steamships of the Woolwich Steam Packet Company.

The railway arrived in Clacton in 1882, bringing increasing numbers of visitors to the town, the line was electrified in 1959, and was connected with central London in 1962.

In 1937 Butlins opened its holiday camp in Clacton on Sea, attracting even more holidaymakers to the town, it eventually closed its doors in October 1983, a great loss to the town.

The latter part of the 20th century saw a period of decline in the town, with the increasing trend for taking holidays abroad, the closing of Butlins and the recession all taking their toll.

Clacton Map: Shown to the right is a satellite map of Clacton on Sea and its surrounding areas, you can also view the map in terrain and road map modes.

Also shown on this Clacton map are Jaywick, Holland on Sea and the Clacton Golf Club.

Clacton on Sea can be reached via the A133 from Colchester.

Clacton Council:

Tendring District Council - Address: Town Hall/Station Rd, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 1SE. Telephone Number: 01255 686 868‎. (Official Website: ).

Clacton Events:

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Clacton Railway Station:

Clacton Railway Station - Skelmersdale Road,Clacton on Sea,CO15 6PU, CO15 6PU. Tel: 0845 600 7245‎ (railway station, bus stop).

Clacton Police Station:

Clacton Police Station - Address: 8 Beatrice Road, Clacton, Essex, CO15 1ET. Telephone Number: 0300 333 4444.

Clacton Pier:

Clacton Pier - Marine Parade, Pier Gap, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. Tel: 01255 421 115‎.

Clacton Library:

Clacton Library - 96 Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1SF. Tel: 01255 421 207‎ (library).

Clacton Theatre:

West Cliff Theatre - Address: Tower Road, Clacton on Sea, Essex CO15 1LE. Telephone Number: 01255 474 000‎ (theatre).

Clacton Accommodation:

Comfort Hotel Clacton-on-Sea - Address: 6 Marine Parade West, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 1RD. Telephone Number: 01255 422 716‎ (hotel).

Lyndale Lodge Hotel - 2-4 Colne Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1PX. Tel: 01255 423 340‎ (hotel).

Kingscliff Hotel - Address: 55 Kings Parade, Holland-on-Sea, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 5JB. Telephone Number: 01255 812 343‎. Hotel Rooms: 15.

Adelaide Guest House - Address: 24 Wellesley Road, Clacton-on-sea, Essex CO15 3PP. Telephone Number: 01255 435 628‎ (guest house / bed and breakfast / B&B).

Beam - 26 Nelson Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1LU. Tel: 01255 433 992‎.

Martello Beach - Belsize Avenue, Jaywick, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 2LF. Tel: 01255 820 372‎ (self-catering accommodation).

T S T (Parks) Ltd - Sacketts Grove Caravan Park/Jaywick La, Clacton-on-Sea CO167BD. Tel: 01255 427 765‎ (caravan park).

Chester Camp - Jaywick La, Clacton-on-Sea CO16 8BB. Tel: 01255 421 856‎ (campsite).

Clacton Pubs / Public Houses:

The Bowling Green - Colchester Road, Tendring, Clacton on Sea, Essex CO16 9AA. Tel: 01255 831 430‎ (pub).

The Martello Inn - West Martello Bay, Marine Parade West, Town Centre, Clacton-On-Sea CO15 1NW. Tel: 01255 425 739‎ (drinking establishment / pub).

The Robert Burre - 183 Burrs Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 4LN. Tel: 01255 688 460‎ (pub).

The Carlton Hotel - Rosemary Road, Town Centre, Clacton-On-Sea CO15 1TE. Tel: 01255 424 571‎ (pub).

The Queens Head - 16 Saint John's Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 4BS. Tel: 01255 423 069‎ (drinking establishment).

The Blacksmith Arms - 20 The Street, Little Clacton, Clacton-on-Sea CO16 9LQ. Tel: 01255 860 888‎ (drinking establishment).

Clacton Churches:

St John's C of E Church - Address: Valley Road, Great Clacton, Essex, CO15 4AR. Telephone Number: 01255 423 435.

Our Lady of Light R C Church - 1 Church Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 6AG. Tel: 01255 423 319‎.

Jaywick Methodist Church - Crossways Methodist Church, Crossways, Jaywick, Clacton on Sea, Essex CO15 2NA. Tel: 01255 427 874‎.

St Paul's C of E Church - Address: Church Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15. Telephone Number: 01255 424 760.

Trinity Methodist Church - Pier Avenue, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1NJ. Tel: 01255 688224‎.

Clacton Schools:

Clacton on Sea Senior School - Clacton Coastal Academy, Pathfields Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 3JL. Tel: 01255 428 131‎.

Clacton County High School - Address: 51 Walton Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 6DZ. Telephone Number: 01255 424 266‎.

Bishops Park College - Jaywick La, Clacton-on-Sea CO16 8BE. Tel: 01255 424 600‎.

Alton Park Junior School - Leas Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1DL. Tel: 01255 424 335‎.

St Clares Day Nursery - Tower Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1LF. Tel: 01255 427 629‎.

Clacton Sports and Activities:

Clacton Cricket Club - Address: The County Ground, Valance Way, Vista Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. Telephone Number: 01255 433 542.

FC Clacton (The Seasiders) - Home Ground: FC Clacton, The Rush Green Bowl, Rush Green Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO16 7BQ. Contact: Danny Coyle 07792 352 187. Clunhouse Hire: Dave Ballard 07771 898 868.

The Happy Valley Bowling Club - Happy Valley Bowls Club/Sladburys La, Clacton-on-Sea CO156NX. Tel: 01255 814 576‎ (sports club).

Palms Gym - 11-12, Rosemary road, Clacton on sea, Essex CO15 1NZ. Tel: 01255 474 788‎.

Foots Farm Riding Centre - Thorpe Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 4QD. Tel: 07974 127683‎ (riding schools).

Elm Todd - Elm Todd, Little Clacton Road, Great Holland, Frinton-on-Sea CO130EX. Telephone Number: 01255 812 194‎ (riding schools).

Tiffany - 105 Oxford Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 3TH. Tel: 01255 427 376‎ (dance school).

Peppermint - Address: 4 Stambridge Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 3JR. Telephone Number: 01255 476 583‎ (dance school).

Dance Foundation - Address: St Johns Yard, Skelmersdale Road, Clacton on Sea, Essex CO15 6BP. Telephone Number: 01255 434 008‎ (dance school).

Clacton Unit of Sea Cadet Corps - Windsor Avenue, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 2AH. Tel: 01255 473 328‎.

Clacton Sailing Club - Address: The Esplanade, Holland-on-Sea, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 5TU. Telephone Number: 01255 474 966‎.

Clacton Banks:

Lloyds TSB Bank PLC - 1 West Avenue, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1QP. Tel: 0845 300 0000‎.

Natwest - 10 Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1TA. Telephone Number: 0845 301 9464‎ (bank).

Norwich & Peterborough Building Society - 5 Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1TD. Tel: 01255 220 080‎ (building society).

Clacton Leisure Centre / Amusements:

Magic City - 13-19 Pier Avenue, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1QB. Tel: 01255 421 144‎ (leisure centre).

Clacton Business Directory: (Businesses)

St Michaels Care Home - 93 Marine Parade East, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 6JW. Tel: 01255 423 688‎ (Residential Care Home).

The Carnarvon Nursing Centre - 22-24 Carnarvon Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 6QF. Tel: 01255 426 628‎ (nursing home).

Sea Breeze - 34 Carnarvon Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 6QE. Tel: 01255 435 515‎ (Residential Care Home).

Find beauty salons and cosmetic surgery advice in and around Clacton-on-Sea.

Moors Health and Beauty - Address: 76 Pier Ave, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 1NH. Telephone Number: 01255 434 366 (beauty salon, beauty treatments, waxing, massage, nails, Indian head massage, exfoliation).

The Colchester Clinic of Cosmetic Surgery - Address: 37 Crouch Street, Colchester, Essex, CO3 3EN. Telephone Number: 01206 570 980 (plastic surgery, cosmetic surgery, cosmetic surgeon).

Forget Me Not - 123 Pier Avenue, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1NJ. Tel: 01255 435 040‎ (florist).

Just Flowers - Address: 70 Pier Avenue, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 1NH. Telephone Number: 01255 425 163‎.

Hair Innovation - 59 Frinton Road, Holland-on-Sea, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 5UH. Tel: 01255 813 618‎ (hairdressers).

Clacton Nail Salon / Beauty Salon

N-Tyce Nails - 35 Rosemary Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1PA. Tel: 01255 688 570‎ (nail salon).

Tendring Pet Supplies - Old Hall Farm, Heath Road, Tendring, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex CO160BX. Tel: 01255 871 025 (pet food and animal feed, fishing and angling equipment).

Bond Estates - 71 Station Road, Clacton on Sea, Essex CO15 1SD. Tel: 01255 420 222‎ (estate agent).

Phoenix Taxis - Address: 50 Carnarvon Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 6QA. Telephone Number: 01255 424 242‎.

Dial-a-Cab - 50 Carnarvon Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 6QA. Tel: 01255 224 404‎.

Seaside Taxis - Address: 87 Old Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1HW. Telephone Number: 01255 223 229‎.

Clacton on Sea can be reached via the A133 from Colchester.

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