Paglesham shown within Essex
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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 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. 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.
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.
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