Jaywick is a small seaside village near Clacton-on-Sea, in Essex on the North Sea coast of England. It was originally intended as a holiday resort for Londoners. Many of the houses were poorly constructed and were only intended for short-term holiday use. As time has passed, more and more people moved into the area and stayed. Many of the holiday homes are now permanent residences and in a state of disrepair.

People and housing

The population includes large numbers of retired and working professionals. A 2007 report by property website Mouseprice found that six out of Eastern England's ten cheapest streets in which to buy property are in Jaywick. The cheapest street in the region is Austin Avenue, Jaywick, with an average house price of £51,588 - owning mainly to the land value.

Parts of the Brooklands area faces demolition, with new modern housing planned. Local residents fear that the character and community of Jaywick may be lost forever. Many residents will claim to live in 'West Clacton' as opposed to Jaywick as the town has an infamous regard within Essex and the East End of London.


  • Nearest railway station: Clacton
  • Bus services:
    • First Essex bus, route 10/11, Clacton-Jaywick
    • Hedingham Omnibuses , route 131, Clacton-Jaywick


Jaywick Martello Tower is now an arts venue. In 2005 the Tower hosted a music project called Soft Ices.


Miniature railway An gauge miniature railway operated in Jaywick from 1936 to 1939. The locomotive was a model of a GNR Stirling 4-2-2.Flood of 1953 In 1953, a storm surge flooded Jaywick, killing over 35 people. Since then, sea defences have been put in place and many precautions have been made to avoid flooding.

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