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Basildon, Essex

Review of Basildon by bruce on January 2nd, 2011
what can I say about basildon......nothing complimentary.. I was there right from it's inception. and I just perceive a town built on STOLEN land without any consideration for the people of the area.. and having witnessed so many of the design and planning cock-ups.. I wonder if any of the bright sparks that did design the layout of the place ever actually LIVED in the dump.. or for that matter even even visited..

Review of Basildon by Will on June 10th, 2007
I lived in Basildon many years ago and loved every experience there was to be had. But like everywhere in the world there has to be a but! Like anywhere in the world you go to,there you will find the violence and dis-respect like all other so called Hard Towns or (Want To Bee's)However Bas is and always be the Best!

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Braintree, Essex

Review of Braintree by Marie on May 15th, 2008

Welcome to our District........

With colourful, bustling market towns and picturesque villages set in the most beautiful rolling countryside showing North Essex at its best, look no further to get away from it all....

There is plenty to see and do throughout the district of Braintree from the designer shopping village to the medieval barns of the Knights Templar, jousting knights at a Norman Keep to steam railways, magnificent houses with stunning gardens and listed windmills. Do not miss the museums and heritage centres which give you a picture of an area steeped in history from Bronze Age and Roman settlements to the industrial successes within the wool, silk, lace and weaving trades.

Take a drive in the country through idyllic villages and beautiful scenery, stop for a hearty lunch at a traditional pub and sample the local ales or for the more active follow one of our many delightful trails whether you like to tramp, stroll or cycle.

Approximately 50 miles from London and with excellent links to the coast and East Anglia via A120, A12, M11 and direct rail, and with the addition of Stansted airport 16 miles away, our district is the perfect location for a short break or day trip away from hectic lifestyles.

For more information please visit our Website

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Brentwood, Essex

Review of Brentwood by Karen Field on June 5th, 2006
I Visited the Brentwood Museum on Sunday 4th June 2006. I found it very interesting and the volunteers who run the museum very helpful. The story of PC Gutteridge was extremely interesting and I would love to see a special presentation in the museum on him at some point in time. It was good to wander around the Cemetary my only criticism is that it is being left as a nature/ wilderness apart from the war graves. I would love to be able to view the whole cemetary and not have to wait for the annual cut back. Well worth a visit.

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Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex

Review of Burnham-on-Crouch by Marie bailey on March 7th, 2007
i am now in my seventies but as a teenager and in my early twenties my father managed a shop in the high street by the name of F.Luckin-smith groceries and provisions we left Burnham after about six years but I have longed to go back ever since I now live in Sth Australia . Burnham is truly a lovely place mrs M .Bailey

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Canvey Island, Essex

Review of Canvey Island by Dave Bullock on October 2nd, 2006
Hi I run a website about Canvey Island's heritage called www.CanveyIsland.org.uk Enjoy! Dave

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Castle Hedingham, Essex

Review of Castle Hedingham by joe standen on November 5th, 2007
i LOVE castle hedingham

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Chelmsford, Essex

Review of Chelmsford by Mr Newsam on March 15th, 2011
Very disappointed on visiting Chelmsford market on Tuesday 15/03/11 the old market under the car park is no longer used and there was only a dozen of market stalls trading outside. Lucky I did not have to travel far.

Review of Chelmsford by sheila harrison on August 17th, 2009
I emigrated to Australia 30odd years ago. I never miss a chance to return as my family still live there.It is a beautiful town surrounded by fantastic scenery.Very close to the heart of London, only 30mins by rail.You are never far from every type of entainment.Chelmsford also offers a good choice.The commute to London means accomodation is more within peoples reach if they chose to work in London.The only gripe I have is the last time I visited Chelmsford, I found it few dirty, Papers blowing everywhere & cigarette butts & take away container thrown on the ground. If the council got into gear they could make it a fantastic place to live work & visit. But I still come back for more

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Clacton-on-Sea, Essex

Review of Clacton-on-Sea by Jessie Winyard on April 8th, 2009
On Sunday 5th April my sister and I took a trip down memory lane to various parts of Clacton - Jaywick, St Osyth, Clacton, Holland on Sea,Frinton and Walton on the Naize. I have to comment that everywhere I drove each place was absolutely immaculate - the roads and streets were so clean and well kept. Congratulations to Tendring Council and to the people of these areas - you have a lovely place to live and it shows how much you all care for it.

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Review of Clacton-on-Sea by visitor on December 19th, 2007
love clacton-on-sea, essex. brilliant sun-bathing in the summer and exhillerating promenade walks amidst spray of the waves in the winter. perfect english sea-side. best stay was at Parade Hotel right on the seafront. when we have all this in our country, why fly abroad!

Review of Clacton-on-Sea by kelly palmer on June 5th, 2007
martello beach :) wicked :) fantastic had a brilliant time the bodley crew will be back to win some more of your quizes best entertains ever thanks and we will see u soon xxxxx kelly,james,claire ,liam and billy

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Clacton-on-sea, Essex

Review of Clacton-on-sea by Liz Davidson on November 29th, 2006
Hi, When ever I think of Clacton-on sea I feel very emotional. I lived at Holland-on-sea from 1951- 1969. I now live in Cornwall,but my heart is in Clacton. I'm coming home, to the most beautiful place on earth.

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Coggeshall, Essex

Review of Coggeshall by Mark Caldon on May 31st, 2006
Jewel in the Crown of Essex Villages - wonderful history, architecture and places of interest. Stay away from the Cafe Ronda - the elderly patron was very rude to my young daughter who was behaving so well. Children Not Welcome!

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Colchester, Essex

Review of Colchester by Lisa on August 11th, 2006
We went to Colchester Zoo last year and truely enjoyed ourselves, It's great fun for children and adults alike, I took my 7 year old son with me and my partner, there are lots of things to do and the food isn't expensive at all. The animals are all very friendly and great to watch. I would recommend anyone to go and see for themselves.

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Dedham, Essex

Review of Dedham by Frank le boite on March 2nd, 2006
Dedham is such a wonderful place to live (unlike other villages such as ardleigh and bradfield, bromley, brantham,lawford and surrounding areas. it is picturesque with lots of tourist attractions.i live there and would reccommend people from foreign countries to come and have a look at the legendary Dedham but not to leave litter. Sir Alex Wilson will serve you tea in the craft centre and will make sure that he dosent make it too sweet for you!!!! from Lord Frank le boite, age 92, Dedham..

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Epping, Essex

Review of Epping by Jessica on June 6th, 2009
This is a really good market, open on Saturday between around 9-4, there is a lot to browses clothing, electric, food and many more.

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Fingringhoe, Essex

Review of Fingringhoe by john marletta on March 12th, 2007
HI my name is john marletta i have been to fingringhoe in1976 1977 it is a great place also iam looking for the website of the whalebone inn so i could talk to the owner about some friends of mine charlie& nancy taylor wonderfull place wish i was there many thanks john marletta

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Gestingthorpe, Essex

Review of Gestingthorpe by S Selley on August 17th, 2011
I only live 8 miles from the Pheasant, but until yesterday I had not eaten there - the food and service are excellent. We had the fish selection with homemade chips - the fish was cooked to perfection - Sardine, Mackerel, Lemon Sole and Prawns - the best `1ve tased for many years. The sticky Toffe pudding was light and delicious. Guess what.. we will be going there again!

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Great Totham, Essex

Review of Great Totham by Patrica O on June 14th, 2009
I visited the Bull, Great Totham My party and I had an great evening. The Menu read well and delivered even better!!! New Chef has made a difference, All the staff were friendly and helpful. In summary - Well worth a visit........

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Great Yeldham, Essex

Review of Great Yeldham by Marina on June 6th, 2012
If you are looking for good marriage omens in your wedding venue then Great Yeldham has a particularly fine one to offer: in the heart of the village stands the Great Oak, a tree that was noted in the Domesday Book. That is endurance, or steadfastness if you prefer, a characteristic that few marriages can do without at some point. This is a very different Essex to the TOWIE cliché, a rural spot with fine farmland surrounding the village. And here’s another good omen for your future: the lovely River Colne begins nearby, making its way to greater things from this starting point, as we are sure you and your partner will also do.

Review of Great Yeldham by John Waller on May 6th, 2010
63 years old born in Chelmsford June 1946 and brought up in Gt Yeldham. I joined the Royal Navy in Nov 1963 and on retirement from the Navy settled in Somerset close to RNAS Yeovilton at which I served. Married in 1968 to a Yeldham girl I like looking at any site connected with the village and have relations still living there. These Yeldham sites bring back many happy memories.Nice to know the Three Bottles is still going The Oak which was opposite the Waggon and Horses closed a few years ago. Thank you

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Ilford, Essex

Review of Ilford by Mandy on December 17th, 2006
i think that ilford is a disgrace and it needs to be changed, we should get all the thugs out to make it a better and safer place. then will i only be happy about coming to shop in ilford.

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Little Easton, Essex

Review of Little Easton by phil on May 11th, 2007
have family here the place is a delight takes you back to england as it should be, a fine pub in the stag, freindly people, in the summer visiting players to entertain you. visit the lake at the top of park road and see the carp being fed by passers by as if they were feeding ducks got to be seen to believe.***** a summer fete each year is another great event live shows and vintage cars.

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Littlebury, Essex

Review of Littlebury by Martin on June 14th, 2011
Littlebury is a small village with pub and church just a couple of miles from the lovely town of Saffron Walden, the wonderful Jacobean Audley End sitting between the two settlements.

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Maldon, Essex

Review of Maldon by R Roberts on March 3rd, 2010
Maldon is probably my favourite town in Essex and my family and I have been there many times and will continue to go there. Steeped in history, off the beaten track and has thus maintained a lot of its old character whilst providing many interesting shops. The Hythe is always a great attraction to anyone interested in old sailing barges and quite nearby there are superb attractions for children including the water park. The town is a must for anyone visiting Essex.

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Manningtree, Essex

Review of Manningtree by jason on June 3rd, 2011
manningtree bunker is now closed and is for sale by local estate agents

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Mersea Island, Essex

Review of Mersea Island by Janis Sulston on July 18th, 2011
We have just returned from a weekend (Bike club holiday) of camping & caravaning at Waldegraves and could not fault anything on site. Unfortunately it rained most of the time and was very windy but the heated outdoor pool, restaurant & bars where all very good. We found all of the staff very helpful & friendly. We would happily recommend this site for a relaxing break.

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Mistley, Essex

Review of Mistley by sally on June 18th, 2010
I think the swans were absolutely wonderful a good reason to visit mistley again well done the people who care for them... it would be good if whole town was involved in a swan festival...a good tourist pull.

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Pattiswick, Essex

Review of Pattiswick by Mrs triplow on January 15th, 2011
Visited compasses 15/1/11 for my husbands birthday -hadn't eaten lunch in anticipation of good meal - incredibly dissatisfied - both our main meals were tepid at best no steam coming from food at all - cabbage cold in places - rabbit very overpriced especially as it was cold dry and tough - only eaten as he was so hungry and didn't want to spoil birthday but having just got home felt compelled to send this review - feel totally wasted over £80 on what equated to very poor food - we were offered free dessert and even toffee pudding was tepid! Very very dissapointed - we work hard for our money and felt this was a complete and utter waste of it

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Romford, Essex

Review of Romford by Henry Gregg on October 26th, 2008
I LIVE IN CANVEY ISLAND AND I TRAVEL TO LONDON WEEKLY BY THE A127 AND A12.I MUST SAY I AM APPALLED THAT THE FLYOVER AT GALLOWS CORNER HAS BEEN MADE ONE WAY. IT CAUSES HAVOC ON AN ALREADY BUSY ROUNDABOUT.IT IS MADNESS.WHAT FOOL THOUGHT UP THAT IDEA.

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Rowhedge, Essex

Review of Rowhedge by simon Taylor-Williams on June 1st, 2007
the albion is an award winnig pub. they are a old fashioned real pub, great music once a month(normaly last weekend of the month), fantastic real ale and really frendly landlord and landlady. the staff are excellant

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Saffron Walden, Essex

Review of Saffron Walden by tom hollo on February 11th, 2006
nice town.

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St Osyth, Essex

Review of St Osyth by mercer on May 8th, 2012
Hi my husband and i went to st osyth for a day out as we had seen it on telly and it looked intresting,we found the town very intresting with the old houses,but would not go again as we found the peaple who lived there not very frendley,we had our windmirrow smashed and it cost £30 to repair so we wont recammend anybody.

Review of St Osyth by miss c napper on July 13th, 2009
just been to seawick for the weekend what a wonderful holiday park didnt want to leave me and my partner are now looking to buy our own caravan.

Review of St Osyth by Nicola on October 31st, 2008
I recently visited St Osyth Beach Holiday time and myself and my family had a great holiday. The staff are very friendly and always willing to help. The swimming pool was great and the entertainment was fantastic. The bar manager James was so polite and made us feel very welcome. The shop has a large variety of food and drink and had newspapers every morning. The caravan was beautiful and was very clean on our arrival and in a beautiful location. The park is very pretty and so close to the beach. I really didnt want to come home but all good things come to an end but ive all ready booked for next year and cant wait!!!

Review of St Osyth by Gavin Cuthorpe on December 3rd, 2007
I stayed at Seawick Holiday Park a forthnight ago for an 80's Weekender. I have tpo say that I found the park to be great, with everything as expected. The accommodation was clean and tidy, we even had the beds made! Although, we went for the entertainemnt, and it was great with a UB40, Madness and Blondie tribute acts along with Boney M, with the 80's music until 2.00am. I will definatley go back to the 80's in 2008.

Review of St Osyth by jane edwards on August 13th, 2006
we had a great holiday and we love it that much we want to bye a caravan down there the people are great we stayed on seawick caravan park and they all looked after us we had a great week and would like tothank everyone for that jane edwards

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Waltham Abbey, Essex

Review of Waltham Abbey by Anthony Taylor on November 14th, 2007
A pretty and historic little market town on the north east edge of London and bordering Epping Forest.The town is predominately stocked with cockney "cheeky chapies" whose main aspirations extend no further than being a self employed builder or mini-cab driver. Due to the total lack of interest in this backwater fron the local authority the streets are generally full of uncollected rubbish in varying states of decay. However with a change of attitude it could become a nice place to live or visit...

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Walton on the Naze, Essex

Review of Walton on the Naze by Karl Smith on July 27th, 2006
I used to come to Walton quite regular as a youngster but had not been for many years untill Wednesday 26th July 06. My fiance and I decided to take our son out for the day and again decided to go to Walton as I had told her how lovely and quaint it used to be. Upon our arrival I could see immediately noticed that nothing had changed (Well not drasticaly anyway) and as i had hoped my fiance loved every second of the trip and so did our son. A beautiful day in beautiful tranquil surroundings fantastic beaches and animities a fantastic day out for all ages.

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West Mersea, Essex

Review of West Mersea by jane chilvers ( mrs ) on December 8th, 2009
After living in WEST MERSEA over a number of years, as a married person & owning several businesses, in Colchester, then living there as a single person also over a number of years i found the ISLAND a very beautiful place with plenty going on over the course of twelve months repeatedly. It is quite a safe place for little children to be brought up, as mine were & also i was a cub leader with plenty of things todo for the cubs. Then my children grew up & moved off the ISLAND to pursue their own lives as it became obvious that there was a lot of drug taking & drinking, to excess going on, on the ISLAND. Most of the local people are '' related '' to each other & they are very nosey, wanting to know '' your '' business & if they can't find it out they would make things up, so a lot of '' tittle tattling '' went on. Being only a small village the people are a small minded bunch. I have moved on myself now & do not live there anymore but i do miss the beauty of the ISLAND, it is unique & the few decent people who live there are a real treasure. Kindest regards & happy christmas, Jane ....

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Woodford Bridge, Essex

Review of Woodford Bridge by David Cooper on July 7th, 2008
Woodford Bridge Essex. 1939- 1960 I lived all my childhood there I lived in Canfield Road, Just a walk from the the village as it was then before thay built all the new houses around Snakes Lane and at the back of the White Hart public house and at side of the Aston Playing Fields I cant tell a tail about the River Roding flooding in 1957 and as a baby my father taking me up to Drapers Hill and showing me the whole of Londons Docks burning From St Pauls to Barking And last V2 bomb which a very large hole in the road at Broadmead before the main Road to Woodforf Green, was ever built. If you want more of my tails please write and let me know Regards David Cooper .

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