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Description of our Villages

 Description of our Parish

Great Oakley Parish, in the Tendring District of Essex, is a civil parish which consists of the village of Great Oakley and the neighbouring hamlet of Stones Green.

It is a long, narrow parish on the Harwich peninsula in North East Essex where it generally lies on a low (25-metre) ridge south of Ramsey Creek which drains north-east towards Harwich. Our rural coastal parish extends south to Oakley Creek, a branch of Hamford Water, within the Walton Backwaters. The Backwaters are an area of outstanding natural beauty and an SSSI, where once stood Great Oakley Dock, now disused.

Description of our Villages

The history of our villages runs back to the Doomsday Book and we were once on the major road between the Port of Harwich and the London Markets. The villages have survived the plague and 2 world wars. There are about 350 homes in the parish, a general store / newsagent, public house and 2 Doctors Surgeries supporting about 1000 residents. There are fishing lakes, an airfield and golf range in the area.

We have a thriving Primary School attended by children resident in our Parish together with a substantial number of children from surrounding villages. Our Village Hall, which is available for hire, is used widely by a variety of groups you can read about in these pages.

All Saints Church is on the outskirts of Great Oakley and there are many interesting walks and footpaths around the area.

If you'd like to know more about the Parish then have a read of our Parish Plan that you can download from the "Miscellaneous" section of our online Document Archive or by clicking on the link bnelow Great Oakley Parish Plan 2004.pdf