East Mersea

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East Mersea
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St Edmund's church, East Mersea
Island: Mersea Island
Grid reference: TM060150
Location: 51°47’45"N, 0°59’9"E
Post town: Colchester
Postcode: CO5 8
Dialling code: 01206
Local Government
Council: Colchester
North Essex

East Mersea is a scattered village on Mersea Island on the Essex coast. The island has one village and one town, the town being West Mersea. The island is joined to the mainland by a causeway which is dry only at low tide.

Parish church

The parish church is St Edmund's.

Grave of Sarah Wrench

The grave of Sarah Wrench (1833-1848), by the north wall of the chancel at St. Edmund's Church in East Mersea is unusual for an Essex grave because it is covered by a mortsafe,[1] a protective cage used at the time more usually in Edinburgh to protect corpses from graverobbers; there was a hunger for fresh corpses amongst the medical schools of that city in those days.

Richard Jones, in Myths of Britain and Ireland, refers to popular speculation that Sarah Wrench was a witch, and that the cage was designed to keep her from escaping her grave after death,[2] though Victorian Essex was not known for witches or witch trials any more than for grave-robbers.

Outside links

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  1. James Bettley, Nikolaus Pevsner, David Andrews, Nigel Brown, James Kemble, Essex: The Buildings of England (Yale University Press, 2007; ISBN 0-300-11614-4, ISBN 978-0-300-11614-4)
  2. Jones, Richard. Myths of Britain and Ireland. New Holland Publishers: London, UK, 2003
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