Description of the Parish
The ecclesiastical Parish of St. Osyth is
in The Diocese of Chelmsford. The Diocese covers all of Essex
and includes West Ham. St. Osyth Deanery is in the Archdeaconry
of Colchester. From 1st February 2015 we became part of the
Benefice of St. Osyth and Great Bentley. The Parish covers
over fifteen square miles, is coastal and has much rural farming
land. It includes St. Osyth village, the ward of Point Clear
and the hamlet of Chisbon Heath. Overall the population is
about 4000. The area attracts many visitors during the summer.
St. Osyth village
is situated in the district of Tendring on the North Essex
coast and is about five miles west of the resort of Clacton-
on-Sea. It is a historic village with a a wide variety of
types and styles of dwelling ranging from the 14th century
to modern bungalows, including two sets of alms houses, over
one hundred listed buildings, including our Grade 1 listed
church and a privately owned Priory, the histories of which
run in tandem. There is an active boat yard at the head of
St. Osyth Creek. The village has a long, varied and interesting
history and was the subject of a Channel 4 TV Time Team dig
in 2004. There are a good many and varied shops and businesses
mostly situated in and around the village centre.
Point Clear is
renowned for its spectacular sunsets. The
community has developed since the Second World War and is
in the main a ribbon development along a road that leads past
the Priory. As well as residential housing it has a large
a holiday park and other holiday housing near to the coast.
It has its own community hall, shops and post office and an
historic museum housed in one of the many Martello towers
that dot the coastline. In the summer a ferry service runs
to close by Brightlingsea and Mersea Island.
is a small rural hamlet located about a mile and a half north
of St. Osyth village.
The surrounding land of the parish is mostly
arable farmland with the mudflats and the saltings of St.
Osyth Creek forming part of the internationally important
Colne Estuary Site of Special Scientific Interest. At end
of St. Osyth Creek on the road to Point Clear there is a very
active boatyard where many vessels are moored, maintained