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Things to do in Little Clacton, Essex

Little Clacton is a pleasant village on the outskirts of Great Clacton and Clacton town centre. 

The Norman Church © Philip Morgan
The Norman Church © Philip Morgan

It is situated approximately three miles from Weeley and Thorpe-Le-Soken.

The Village dates back to 1100 and the time of the Normans.

Little Clacton Sign © Philip Morgan
Little Clacton Sign © Philip Morgan

St James Church


The focal point of the village is the attractive church of St. James which dates from 1100 and is Norman in Architecture and of flint construction.

The marble font in the church dates from 1190.

The green © Philip Morgan
The green © Philip Morgan


The ancient porch is believed to date from 1381; the nave is thought to have been extended in the fifteenth century.

The first recorded priest at the church was John Russell in 1381.

In the last ten years there has been some restoration of the church, new oak beams were fitted and the tower straightened.


A historic cottage © Philip Morgan
Historic cottage © Philip Morgan

There is also a smaller brick Methodist church in the village which was built in 1851.

Shopping in Little Clacton

Little Clacton has a small green and two pubs, as well as a primary school and several small shops.

The church © Philip Morgan
The church © Philip Morgan


There are two large supermarkets within a mile of the village, which benefits from a regular bus service.

Past Adventures

In the past the village was not always so quiet; in 1806 on the day of the St. James' day fair, dispute arose in the Blacksmith's Arms between locals and men from the barracks in Weeley, known as the Cameron Highlanders.

Following a fight and chase, Alexander McDonald was attacked and killed.

The pub © Philip Morgan
The pub © Philip Morgan

Riots also occurred in the village in 1830 after farmworkers marched to Lodge Farm and destroyed a threshing machine which they feared would damage their livelihoods.

Description by Philip Morgan

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