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Saturday, 03 November 2012
Mersea Island


In the background of this photograph is Essex, while in the foreground is Mersea. The Pyefleet Channel separates the two. Wikipedia tells us that:

Mersea Island (formerly Mersey Island) is the most easterly inhabited island in the United Kingdom, located marginally off the coast of Essex, England, 9 miles (14 km) to the southeast of Colchester. It is situated in the estuary area of the Blackwater and Colne rivers and has an area of around 7 square miles (18 km2). The name ‘Mersea’ is derived from the Old English meresig meaning ‘island of the pool’.

All very interesting, but Mersea is definitely West of a number of UK cities and towns (e.g. Norwich). Therefore the most easterly inhabited island in the UK is surely .... Great Britain!

Interestingly, Wikipedia gives as a reference to the claim that Mersea Island is the most easterly inhabited island in the United Kingdom, the West Mersea Town Council website, which itself only states:

Mersea Island is (allegedly) the most easterly inhabited island in Britain.

Looking at the Wikipedia discussion page I see that someone has already pointed this all out to the Wiki community, on 11 January 2011. Between then and now, the Wikipedia article has been edited 23 times, although some of those edits have been to insert or remove what the editors refer to “acts of vandalism”.

Posted by bigblue on 03/11/2012 at 11:59 AM
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Some of my wife’s ancestors came from Colchester, and we visited there a few years ago, and stayed in an old hotel in Brightlingsea, which must be near the island. We also discovered that Essex girls were going cheap - see

Posted by SteveH  on  08/11/2012  at  04:07 AM

Yep, that’s Brightlingsea in the top right of the photograph, with what looks like a lake behind it (but is actually another creek that loops round from/into the Pyefleet channel. The tide was high when I took the photo.

Posted by bigblue  on  15/12/2012  at  11:36 PM

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