East Mersea

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East Mersea
St Edmund's church - geograph.org.uk - 661109.jpg
St Edmund's church, East Mersea
East Mersea is located in Essex
East Mersea
East Mersea
Location within Essex
Population266 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid referenceTM060150
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Historic countyEssex
Post townColchester
Postcode districtCO5
Dialling code01206
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°47′45″N 0°59′09″E / 51.79570°N 0.98595°E / 51.79570; 0.98595Coordinates: 51°47′45″N 0°59′09″E / 51.79570°N 0.98595°E / 51.79570; 0.98595

East Mersea is a scattered village and civil parish on Mersea Island in the English county of Essex.

Grave of Sarah Wrench[edit]

The grave of Sarah Wrench (1833-1848), by the North wall of the chancel at St. Edmund's Church in East Mersea is unusual for an English grave because it is covered by a mortsafe,[2] a protective cage used at the time in Scotland to protect corpses from graverobbers.

Richard Jones, in Myths of Britain and Ireland, refers to popular speculation that Sarah Wrench was a witch, and that the cage was designed to keep her from escaping her grave after death.[3] Although East Anglia was at one time known for witch trials, this was in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, not the mid-nineteenth.


  1. ^ "Civil Parish population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
  2. ^ Bettley 2007, p. 338
  3. ^ Mason 2006


  • Bettley, James (2007), Pevsner, Nikolaus (ed.), Essex, New Haven: Yale University Press, ISBN 0300116144
  • Mason, John (2006), Myths & Legends of Britain & Ireland, Photography by John Mason, London: New Holland, ISBN 1845375947

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