The History of Brightlingsea and its Cinque Port - an illustrated talk by Margaret Stone, Curator Brightlingsea Museum

Wednesday 02 November 2016
20:00 to 22:00

Cinque Ports - those places which historically were responsible for providing ships and men for the service of the monarch, are more usually associated with the coastal towns in the counties of Kent and Sussex such as Dover, Hastings and Hythe. Less well known are the ports, more than 30 in number, which had also become cinque ports by the end of the 13th century.  In Essex, Brightlingsea was one of those ports.


This information alone gives a clear indication of the strong maritime tradition of this small town on the north eastern edge of our county which until recently counted boat building and oyster harvesting amongst its primary industries. 19th century sail lofts survive to remind visitors of the town's dependency on the sea and leisure craft in a buzzing marina continue the nautical theme in the 21st century. A regular ferry service is maintained across Brightlingsea Creek but nowadays this is for foot passengers only.


Brightlingsea, not surprisingly, has an array of historic buildings with reputedly one of the oldest timber-framed buildings in the country and there is a small museum in the town dedicated to promoting interest in the town's history.  We are delighted that the museum's curator Margaret Stone is coming to share her enthusiasm for the town the next meeting of the Society when she will present an illustrated talk 'The History of Brightlingsea and its Cinque Port'.


Visitors will be very welcome (admission £3) and no booking is necessary.

Contact John Frankland
01245 321518
Champions Manor Hall Community Centre
Hullbridge Road
South Woodham Ferrers
(view map)
Cost Free for members of Society, Visitors welcome entry fee £3.00