Great Oakley, Essex

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Great Oakley
Great Oakley is located in Essex
Great Oakley
Great Oakley
Location within Essex
Population1,017 (2011)[1]
OS grid referenceTM194276
Civil parish
  • Great Oakley
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townHarwich
Postcode districtCO12
Dialling code01255
AmbulanceEast of England
UK Parliament
List of places
51°54′14″N 1°11′24″E / 51.904°N 1.190°E / 51.904; 1.190Coordinates: 51°54′14″N 1°11′24″E / 51.904°N 1.190°E / 51.904; 1.190

Great Oakley is a village and civil parish in the Tendring district of Essex, England. It is a long, narrow parish lying on the top of a low (25 m) ridge south of Ramsey Creek which drains northeast towards Harwich. The parish extends south to Oakley Creek, a branch of Hamford Water, where stood Great Oakley Dock, now disused.

The church, dedicated to All Saints, contains some Norman work. The living thereof is in the gift of St John's College, Cambridge.

The village is served by All Saints Great Oakley C of E Primary School.[2]

A public house called The Three Cups – after the emblem of the Salters Company – used to be situated in the village, indicating that there were salt works in the area. The parish still contains a large chemical works (the Great Oakley Works), operated by EPC-UK, which produces the cetane improver 2-ethyl hexyl nitrate, and also provides specialist explosives handling services.[3]

The Village now has only one public house, called The Maybush, which in 2016 was reopened as a Community Pub.[4]

The Village has a men's football team Great Oakley FC which plays in the Colchester and District Sunday League.


Great Oakley is part of the electoral ward called Great and Little Oakley. The ward population at the 2011 census was 2,188.[5]

Nearby places[edit]

Wrabness Ramsey Harwich
Wix Great Oakley Little Oakley
Tendring Beaumont-cum-Moze Walton-on-the-Naze

Notable people[edit]

James Cockle, a surgeon and father of mathematician and first Chief Justice of Queensland Sir James Cockle.[6]


  1. ^ "Civil Parish 2011". Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  2. ^ "All Saints Church Of England VA Primary School". Retrieved 10 April 2021.
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  5. ^ "Great and Little Oakley Ward population 2011". Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  6. ^ John Michael Bennett (November 2003). Sir James Cockle: first chief justice of Queensland, 1863-1879. Federation Press. p. 1. ISBN 978-1-86287-485-5.

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