Taking a dip.... Dovercourt, Essex, UK.


Colchester, United Kingdom

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Dovercourt is a small seaside town located in Essex, England.

The town is served by Dovercourt railway station.

Dovercourt is somewhat older than its smaller but better-known neighbour, the port of Harwich, and appears in the Domesday Book of 1086. Today the two towns are contiguous.

The Saxon lord Wulwin/Ulwin was lord in 1066; by 1086 the estate was in the possession of Aubrey de Vere I and remained part of the barony of his descendants the Earls of Oxford until the 16th century. It formed part of the dowry of Juliana de Vere when she married Hugh Bigod in the mid-twelfth century, and the sub-tenancy passed to the Bigod earls of Norfolk who held it as one knight’s fee of the Veres. Countess Juliana’s son Roger Bigod, 2nd Earl of Norfolk founded a chapel at Harwich and granted it to Colne Priory, Essex, a Vere foundation.

Dovercourt is rich with civil war history and as a seaside resort offers a wide range of shops and cafes for the enjoyment of holiday makers, casual visitors and residents.

The main shopping area of Dovercourt is High Street, a shopping street with a variety of different shops, from independents to the larger national chains.

The popular 1980s BBC sitcom Hi-de-Hi! was filmed in Dovercourt, at Warner’s Holiday Camp, which transformed into the famous Maplin’s. The camp was later re-developed as a housing estate.

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