The Blockhouse Fort, East Mersea

Article by L.C. Sier from The Essex Review, October 1921.
Includes tracing of 1656 map showing location of the fort on the edge of Martles Marsh. The fort was built 1547 but by 1585 was so neglected that an old woman had made her residence in it. It was restored for the Civil War, when on 18 June 1648 three Parliamentary ships engaged two Royalist ships nearby. It was not repaired thereafter and the property passed to James Shirley of Earls Colne.
In 2011, it is still possible to pick out two short stretches of wall, on the eastern side of the sea wall at this point, just before the sea wall takes a sharp turn to the north at East Mersea Stone.

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Author: L.C. Sier

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 The Fort, East Mersea. Article on the Blockhouse Fort at East Mersea by L.C. Sier. From The Essex Review October 1921.
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The Fort, East Mersea. Article on the Blockhouse Fort at East Mersea by L.C. Sier. From The Essex Review October 1921.
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October 1921
 The Fort, East Mersea. Article on the Blockhouse Fort at East Mersea by L.C. Sier. From The Essex Review October 1921.
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The Fort, East Mersea. Article on the Blockhouse Fort at East Mersea by L.C. Sier. From The Essex Review October 1921.
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October 1921
 The Fort, East Mersea. Article on the Blockhouse Fort at East Mersea by L.C. Sier.
Map showing fort and fields in the area. Field names mentioned are Stanes Land, Cobbs Land, Mr Burrell's Land, Berry Land, Broomans, John Keyes Land, Mr Batemans Land, Cranes Land, Martles Marsh.
 From The Essex Review October 1921.
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The Fort, East Mersea. Article on the Blockhouse Fort at East Mersea by L.C. Sier. Map showing fort and fields in the area. Field names mentioned are Stanes Land, Cobbs Land, Mr Burrell's Land, Berry Land, Broomans, John Keyes Land, Mr Batemans Land, Cranes Land, Martles Marsh.
From The Essex Review October 1921.
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The map on which this is based is in Essex Record Office Reference D/DEt P2


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 The Fort, East Mersea. Article on the Blockhouse Fort at East Mersea by L.C. Sier. From The Essex Review October 1921.
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The Fort, East Mersea. Article on the Blockhouse Fort at East Mersea by L.C. Sier. From The Essex Review October 1921.
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October 1921
 The Fort, East Mersea. Article on the Blockhouse Fort at East Mersea by L.C. Sier. From The Essex Review October 1921.
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The Fort, East Mersea. Article on the Blockhouse Fort at East Mersea by L.C. Sier. From The Essex Review October 1921.
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October 1921
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