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Coordinates: 51°35′49″N 0°47′24″E / 51.597068°N 0.790071°E / 51.597068; 0.790071

Paglesham is located in Essex
 Paglesham shown within Essex
OS grid reference TQ9321892431
Civil parish Paglesham
District Rochford
Shire county Essex
Region East
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Rochford
Postcode district SS4 2
Dialling code 01702
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament Rayleigh
List of places

Paglesham is situated in the north east of the Rochford Rural District, Essex. The Parish of Paglesham includes two hamlets of Eastend and Churchend, which are situated near the River Crouch and Paglesham Creek. It is part of the Roach Valley Conservation Zone.

At the Eastend is The Plough and Sail Public House. There is an unmade road (Waterside Road) full of large potholes leading to a boatyard on the River Roach. There are small number of houses.

At Churchend, St Peters Church and the Punch Bowl Inn can be found. There are a small number of houses and a farm.

The two hamlets form one of Essex’s oldest fishing villages and the area was once renowned as a smuggling centre.[1] Including being home to one of the more famous smugglers in the region, Hard Apple, who was actually the parish councillor and local constable William Blyth.[2]

Paglesham was also an old civil parish, connected to Rochford.

The Paglesham village sign which stands by the approach road was designed and made by resident Rodney Choppin in response to a general initiative to mark the Millennium by Rochford District Council and the decision to commission a village sign was taken by the Parish Council. It was erected in September 2000.The sign is made from hardwood, hand-carved and then painted. The post is English Oak from Thetford Forest. The pictures represent the agricultural and seafaring traditions of the village. Flanking the Essex shield underneath, are a Pagle (or Cowslip), and an Oyster shell.

The town was the fictional hometown of Julie Christie's character in Heaven Can Wait with Warren Beatty.



  1. ^ "Paglesham on Rochford District Council". 
  2. ^ "Making History: William Blyth - the Paglesham smuggler". 

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