Weeley

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The Black Boy Inn

Weeley is a village and civil parish in Tendring, east Essex, England. The population of the parish at the 2011 Census was 1,768.[1] It is served by Weeley railway station on the Sunshine Coast Line. It has bus links to Clacton-on-Sea and Colchester.

The name came from the Old English "Wēo-lēah" meaning "temple clearing". Before the Christian era there may have been a heathen temple here.[2]

The parish church is St Andrew's, Weeley,[3] which shares a priest with neighbouring Little Clacton. There is a Church of England voluntary aided primary school, also dedicated to St Andrew, which traces its foundation to the early date of 1797.[4]

Weeley has two claims to fame in military history. During the Napoleonic Wars, between 1803 and 1815, it had a large barracks accommodating up to 3,000 men, initially from three Scottish Highland battalions. In the 2nd World War it was the base of a small secret squad, or "Auxiliary Unit", led by local squire Roger Weeley, and prominently featured in the first book published on the subject, by David Lampe, in 1966. (Eastern Command and many other army records in WO series at National Archives, Kew; J P Foynes "East Anglia versus the Tricolor 1793-1815; David Lampe "Secret Army" 1966).

Weeley has two small local parks, and was host to the Weeley Festival in August 1971. Other local facilities include a village hall, a McDonald's, famously attended by Chelsea manager José Mourinho [5] and a Premier Inn.

Weeley has a personal weather station in the village, which provides 24/7 live weather conditions and weather forecasts for the area.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 25 September 2015.
  2. ^ P. H. Reaney (1969). The Origin of English Place Names. Routledge and Kegan Paul. p. 118. ISBN 0-7100-2010-4.
  3. ^ Parish details from the diocesan website.
  4. ^ History section of school website.
  5. ^ [1].

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Coordinates: 51°51′N 1°07′E / 51.850°N 1.117°E / 51.850; 1.117