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Things to do in Weeley, Essex

Weeley village is eleven miles from Colchester, seven miles west of Walton and five miles from Clacton.

Council offices © Philip Morgan
Council offices © Philip Morgan

19th Century Houses

The main road to Frinton and Walton passes through, busy with traffic although off the main road the village itself is less busy.

Village pond © Philip Morgan
Village pond © Philip Morgan

Weeley contains a mix of some of the old houses from the nineteenth century and more modern houses as well as a small village store.

The manor of Weeley was previously known as Wilei, Wigley or Wyleigh and in 1639 the manor was sold to Wm Weeley although other landowners also played a role in the village.

Black Boy pub © Philip Morgan
Black Boy pub © Philip Morgan

The village houses the Tendring Council offices opposite the village pond, originally the site where suspected witches were drowned at the time of the witch-hunting which occurred around the sixteenth century.


Weeley Heath has a long association with witchcraft and the supernatural.

Historic house  © Philip Morgan
Historic house © Philip Morgan

Weeley was also the sight of a large military barracks but by 1815 the wars had ended and this closed in peacetime.

A small cattle market which was established in 1844 took place every Friday although today all of this is a distant memory.

Weeley has a number of other facilities including a crematorium on the edge of the village serving the whole of the Tendring area and caravan park.

Car Boot Sale

A large and popular car boot sale takes place just outside the village every Saturday selling a range of goods.

House in the village © Philip Morgan
House in the village © Philip Morgan

The Black Boy pub in the village is a popular meeting place and it too is rumoured to have an interesting history as a popular resting place of Dick Turpin.

Description by Philip Morgan

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