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Wivenhoe, Essex

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Wivenhoe, Essex

Wivenhoe is a town and civil parish in north eastern Essex, England, approximately 3 miles south east of Colchester. Historically Wivenhoe village, on the banks of the River Colne, and Wivenhoe Cross, on the higher ground to the north, were two separate settlements but with considerable development in the 19th century the two have merged. At the 2001 census, the town had a population of over 7,221. The town's history centres around fishing, ship building, and smuggling.
Administrative CountyEssex
Traditional CountyEssex
OS GridTM0422
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityEssex
Fire and Rescue AuthorityEssex
Fire and Rescue AuthorityEssex
Ambulance AuthorityEast of England
Dialling code01206
Population9,135 +

Other names by which Wivenhoe, Essex has been known in the past

Wevenhoe ~ Wyvenhoe ~ Wyvenhoo ~ Wiunhou

Wivenhoe, Essex in John Bartholomew's "Gazetteer of the British Isles" (1887)

Wivenhoe, town, riverport, and par. with ry. sta. (Wyvenhoe), Essex, on river Colne, 4 miles SE. of Colchester, 1549 ac., pop. 2280; P.O., T.O. The town is situated on a gentle declivity commanding a good view of the river. It has a fine old church. Ship and yacht building are the chief industries. There is trade in oysters. The port serves as an outport for Colchester. Wyvenhoe Hall and Wyvenhoe Park are seats.

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