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Jaywick is located in Essex
 Jaywick shown within Essex
OS grid reference TM151135
District Tendring
Shire county Essex
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district CO15
Dialling code 01255
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Clacton
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Coordinates: 51°46′46″N 1°07′03″E / 51.7795°N 1.1174°E / 51.7795; 1.1174

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. According to the Indices of deprivation 2010 part of the village is the most deprived area in England. The village also became to attention in the media with deprivation in early 2013, yet again being branded as the most deprived in the country.

People and housing[edit]

The village of Jaywick was planned by Frank Stedman as a cheap holiday retreat for Londoners in the 1930s. Many of the original houses became permanent residences, and the population now includes large numbers of retired and working people. A 2009 report found that four out of Eastern England's ten cheapest streets in which to buy property are in Jaywick, with property on Tamarisk Way selling for an average of £44,050.[1] In March 2011 East Jaywick was named as the most deprived area in England according to the Indices of deprivation 2010, based on several factors including poverty, crime, education and skill levels, unemployment and housing, as assessed in 2008.[2] In 2012 it was labelled the UK's youth unemployment hotspot.[3]

Parts of the Brooklands area face demolition, particularly the dilapidated properties, which under new legislation will see the areas opened up to return to green open spaces. Due to directives such as Article 4 considering the area to be a flood risk, no new properties are allowed to be built, even on sites where buildings have been demolished, or through the extension or alteration of existing properties. The local controlling council, Tendring District Council, are working with the residents of Brooklands on improving the area. Tendring District Council are currently trying to buy up land in Jaywick ostensibly to build new 'Council' Housing.[4] Most of Jaywick's shops are on the Broadway, the main shopping street. One of the main attractions of the coastline is a 200-year-old Martello Tower, which is now an arts and heritage centre.[5] The "46 Brooklands Gardens" artwork by Nathan Coley was erected onsite in a deprived area as a 3-month show piece, central to Brooklands.[6] Many residents choose to avoid referring to the area as Jaywick due to the town's reputation, opting instead to refer to the town as "West Clacton".[citation needed]

Jaywick is part of the parliamentary constituency of Clacton, represented by Douglas Carswell of the Conservative Party now UKIP.

Other points of interest[edit]

A wooden spear from the Lower Paleolithic era, found locally in an area of foreshore erosion, is the oldest known man-made wooden artefact found in the British Isles.[7]

An 18-inch (460 mm) gauge miniature railway[8] operated in Jaywick from 1936 to 1939. The locomotive was a model of a GNR Stirling 4-2-2.

During the North Sea flood of 1953, Jaywick was flooded, resulting in the deaths of over 35 people. Since then, sea defences have been put in place and many precautions have been made to avoid flooding. Coastal Jaywick has benefitted from 30,000 cubic metres of dredged sand as part of a £9.4 million upgrade.


Use in media[edit]

The 2006 film Starter for 10 was partly filmed in Jaywick. The house scenes featured a location house built on 3 stories, with open views of the estuary as far as the north Kent coastline, Harwich and Felixstowe to its left viewpoint, and Bradwell, Isle of Sheppey and further to its right. Jaywick's main shopping street, the Broadway, was decorated for a Christmas scene.

Some of the scenes in the gangster movie Essex Boys were filmed in the Brooklands area of Jaywick. An Essex Avenue street sign can be seen in the film, along with local properties.


  1. ^ Wilkin, Chris (6 July 2009). "Jaywick has four of cheapest streets in the east". Daily Gazette. Retrieved 6 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "The English Indices of Deprivation 2010". Department of Communities and Local Government. 24 March 2011. Retrieved 29 March 2011. 
  3. ^ Randeep Ramesh (2012-02-10). "Essex coastal town of Jaywick is UK's youth unemployment hotspot | Society". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  4. ^ http://www.eadt.co.uk/news/politics/jaywick_council_houses_a_catalyst_for_investment_1_3625102
  5. ^ "Archive - Jaywick Martello Tower JMT". Jaywickmartellotower.org. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  6. ^ Jes Fernie. "Nathan Coley". Studionathancoley.com. Retrieved 2013-07-18. 
  7. ^ Roe, Derek (1981). The Lower and Middle Palaeolithic periods in Britain. London: Routledge. pp. 140–141. ISBN 0-7100-0600-4. 
  8. ^ "Railway". Shewolf.notnet.co.uk. 1936-07-31. Retrieved 2010-04-06. 

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