In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described East Mersea like this:
MERSEA (EAST), a parish in Lexden district, Essex; 2½ miles WSW of Brightlingsea r. station, and 8 S by E of Colchester. It comprises the eastern part of Mersea island, and has a post office under Colchester. Acres, 3,857; of which 1,900 are water. Real property, £2,836. Pop., 305. ...
Houses, 67. The property is divided among a few. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £400. * Patron, the Crown. The church stands on a declivity, near the E end of the island; has a commanding view of the sea; and consists of nave, N aisle, chancel, and N chapel, with an embattled tower. The tower serves as a landmark, and was formerly surmounted by a beacon. There are a national school, and charities £17.
GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of East Mersea, in Colchester and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 29th March 2017
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