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Harwich, Essex

Harwich is a town in Essex, England and one of the Haven ports, located on the coast with the North Sea to the east. It is in the Tendring district. Nearby places include Felixstowe to the northeast, Ipswich to the northwest, Colchester to the southwest and Clacton-on-Sea to the south. It is the northernmost coastal town within Essex.
Post townHARWICH
Administrative CountyEssex
Traditional CountyEssex
OS GridTM2431
OS Settlement ClassificationTown
Police AuthorityEssex
Fire and Rescue AuthorityEssex
Fire and Rescue AuthorityEssex
Ambulance AuthorityEast of England
Dialling code01255
Population(Harwich and Dovercourt)

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

Hare Wic ~ Harewich ~ Harwic ~ Harwitch

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

Harwich, municipal bor., watering-place, seaport, and par., E. Essex, on peninsula on S. side of river Stour, at its confluence with the Orwell, 21 miles NE. of Colchester and 70 miles NE. of London - bor., 1479 ac., pop. 7842; par., 88 ac., pop. 5821; 1 Bank, 1 newspaper. Market-day, Tuesday. Harwich has been a place of note from a very early period; it was called Harwic by the Saxons. Being one of the best and safest harbours on the E. coast, its shipping is very important, especially the trade with Holland and North Germany. Steam packets ply regularly between Harwich and the Continent in connection with the Great Eastern Ry. (For shipping statistics, see Appendix.) The town depends a good deal upon the success of its shrimp and lobster fisheries. Other industries of the district are shipbuilding, Roman cement works, brewing, sailmaking, ropemaking, and the mfr. of artificial manure. On the snore, or Inner Ridge, abreast of Dovercourt, are 2 fixed lights (Harwich) seen 11 and 9½ miles; and near the extremity of Landguard Point is a fixed light (Harwich) seen 10 miles. Harwich returned 1 member to Parliament until 1885.

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