The Strood - causeway onto Mersea Island

Mersea Strood 1920s

The Strood is the causeway which links Mersea Island to the mainland. If you live on the Island or visit it regularly, it is part of your life. Spring Tides (where high tide is between about 12 and 4 am or pm) cover the road to a depth of 2 feet or more. Cars get suck and the occupants have to be rescued, at considerable cost to the emergency services. Bus services are cancelled, and you can sail a boat down the road.

It was once thought that the Strood was of Roman origin, but it is now established that the first substantial (and expensive) piled causeway was built around 700 AD.

There are several articles to tell you more about the Strood:

If it wasn't the Romans, who built the Strood ?

Preserving Mersea's oldest roads

Widening the Strood

Mersea Island - the Anglo Saxon Causeway by Philip Crummy, Jennifer Hillam and Carl Crossnan.
Report from Essex Archaeology and History on the wooden piles recovered from the Strood in 1978 and the dates they gave us.
Available online via the link above or there is hardcopy in the Resource Centre in Essex Archaeology and History, Volume 14.

A Study of the Strood
by W.E. Duane 1964-65. An detailed study, but without the benefit of the 1978 discoveries described above.

Pictures of the Strood


More local history:

Birch village
 
Peldon
 
Tollesbury