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Shot at Mersea island one of my favourite places to go in Essex.
Imagine living on an island. It seems just an idyllic dream for so many of us! Well it might not be that unattainable, because just off the east coast of Essex, England, lies a small island known as Mersea. The name is a derivation of the word meresig which dates from the early 10th Century and means 'island of the pool'.
Mersea Island is located in the estuary of the rivers Blackwater and Colne, approximately nine miles south-east of Colchester. It has a resident population of 6500. Its area of five square miles includes the town of West Mersea and the village of East Mersea.

Mersea enters written history when the Romans settled in Camulodunum, now known as Colchester. This settlement, initially built for retired veterans, soon became the hub of the Roman civilisation, and remained so until they decided that London was better placed. Even today the plan of the old town resembles a typical Roman layout of straight, intersecting roads.
Mersea's most famous relic of the Roman occupation can be seen every day by people arriving at or leaving the island. It is not a building, it is the Barrow, which stands off East Mersea Road, a short distance from The Strood. The Barrow is a typical Romano-British burial mound, which originally stood 60 feet high and 300 feet in diameter. Its contents were excavated in 1912, and the relics from the dig can be seen in Colchester museum.
It is not known whether The Strood was built by the Romans or (as some think) the Roman road was actually further to the east of the island. It is reckoned, however, that The Strood in its original form was built circa 700 AD.
Mersea has had its fair share of the famous and the notorious. The Reverend Sabine Baring-Gouldwho wrote the hymn Onward, Christian Soldiers, was Rector in East Mersea. His most famous book, the novel Mehalah published in 1880, is set on and around the island. Stories of smuggling in East Mersea also exist, though definite proof is not easy to come by.

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Jul 25 2010 07:50 GMT blue
sounds like a very interesting place...this is a great shot!
Jul 25 2010 07:58 GMT Pea2007
Interesting because I thought it was taken in the Ost sea in Northern Germany.
Thanks for the info about a part of England I know little about.
Jul 25 2010 08:01 GMT Icandoit
Thanks,.I'm very pleased and encouraged by your comment,
West Mersea is two mile from where i live.
Jul 25 2010 08:05 GMT Icandoit
Thanks a lot for stopping by and for your lovely comment..Pea
Jul 25 2010 09:03 GMT junne PRO
interesting and informative and photographic reporting
Jul 25 2010 09:13 GMT hans55 PRO
very nice picture ...very interresting history !!!
Jul 25 2010 10:11 GMT Icandoit
I'm very pleased and encouraged by your comment
much appreciated..Junne,Hans
Jul 25 2010 10:32 GMT soldier
Stunning and lovely composition!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Jul 30 2010 09:33 GMT Snappa
A very interesting composition, like it a lot.,
Jul 30 2010 11:05 GMT Icandoit
Thanks for stopping by and for all of your lovely and very encouraging comments
Sep 27 2010 20:49 GMT fotocellosdh
here I like the pastel colors very much.
Sep 27 2010 20:50 GMT Icandoit
Many thanks for the kind words. They are much appreciated