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"The Broomway, also formerly called the "Broom Road", is a public right of way over the foreshore at Maplin Sands off the coast of Essex, England. Most of the route is classed as a Byway Open to All Traffic, with a shorter section of bridleway. When the tide is out, it provides access to Foulness Island, and indeed was the only access to Foulness on foot, and the only access at low tide, until a road bridge was built over Havengore Creek in 1922.

At over 600 years old, recorded as early as 1419, the Broomway runs for 6 miles (9.7 km) along the Maplin Sands, some 440 yards (400 m) from the present shoreline. It was named for the "brooms", bundles of twigs attached to short poles, with which the route was once marked. A number of headways or hards ran from the track to the shore, giving access to local farms. The track is extremely dangerous in misty weather, as the incoming tide floods across the sands at high speed, and the water forms whirlpools because of flows from the River Crouch and River Roach. Under such conditions, the direction of the shore cannot be determined. After the road bridge was opened in 1922, the Broomway ceased to be used, except by the military.

Often compared to the similarly dangerous path across Morecambe Bay, the Broomway has long been notorious as "the most perilous byway in England". It has earned this reputation by virtue of the disorientating nature of its environment in poor visibility, and near inevitability of death by drowning for anyone still out on the sands when the tide comes in :shock: . Many people have died on it over the years"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Broomway
Foulness Broomway - OS maps
Foulness Broomway - OS maps
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Just the sort of interesting post I like, thanks for that contribution Bobins.

Now if I was walking about Harwich with my camera in my pocket, I would definitely get it out and click the shutter if I came across this...
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Dated 1911, making it a very early cinema. Mostly original inside and out (with restoration), a grade II*(star) listed building.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electric_ ... a,_Harwich

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Probably Essex's worst kept secret is well worth a visit if you are in the area:
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Quickfire Quiz
Which Town in Essex proclaims itself as "The birthplace of Radio" :?:
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NewcastleFalcon wrote:
15 Apr 2022, 19:08
Quickfire Quiz
Which Town in Essex proclaims itself as "The birthplace of Radio" :?:
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Spoiler: show
Chelmsford? (connection with Marconi)
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Back at you :-D

Fill in the blank: Welcome to ...................! An historic Essex town, Britain's first city and former capital of Roman Britain. Its rich history dates back over 2000 years and is ripe for exploring.

Which you can do here! :-D
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Yes as you drive into Chelmsford it will proudly state its claim on the signs, and you can go into the shopping centre and take a selfie next to the oversize radio. Colchester proclaims itself as "Britain's Oldest recorded town" with the marketing committee adding "more than" on some signs.

A county in the spotlight should have a fingerpost sign. Phew Essex has quite a few.
Direction Sign – Signpost on the B184 in High Roding village<br />Located on the east side of the crossroads of the B184 Dunmow Road, Canfield Road and Rands Road, High Roding. In High Roothing parish. 4 arms and half-moon finial.<br /><br />Milestone Society National ID: EX_TL6017
Direction Sign – Signpost on the B184 in High Roding village
Located on the east side of the crossroads of the B184 Dunmow Road, Canfield Road and Rands Road, High Roding. In High Roothing parish. 4 arms and half-moon finial.

Milestone Society National ID: EX_TL6017
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Bit of a cheat for the slow boating in Essex but it is a nice soundtrack and it is in Essex!! :-D

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Just to confirm Chelmsford's bold claim, and its twinning arrangements
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Road Sign, Chelmsford by Robin Lucas
For TL6904, taken 2007-04-30
Marconi took over a former silk mill in Chelmsford in 1898 and established it as the world´s first radio factory - the Wireless Telegraph and Signal Company Limited. The Marconi Company´s manufacturing business in Chelmsford expanded so rapidly that a new factory was built in 1912 in New Street. In June 1920 the first publicised entertainment broadcast in England was transmitted from the New Street site when Australian prima donna Dame Nellie Melba sang at a concert sponsored by the Daily Mail. Permission was given to transmit regular entertainment broadcasts, and a station was set up at the hut at Writtle. Using its call sign Two Emma Toc (2MT), it began transmitting in February 1922.
I feel like a contribution from Dame Nellie may be warranted.

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BFTW A grilled peach melba!!
BFTW A grilled peach melba!!
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Well not Dame Nellie, but a recreation



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&quot;County of Essex&quot; Locomotive 47580
"County of Essex" Locomotive 47580

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______________Essex Done!_____25 done 67 to go_

and the next one please for it's day-ish in the spotlight

Already gone:

3,5,7,8,11,12,15,22,24,28,34,48,51,52,59,61,65,66,69,70,78,81,84,86,89.
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New County is Buckinghamshire

Join in and see what we can find!! :-D
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Let's start with the Buckinghamshire flag which is one of the more traditional ones:
BFTW
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Information about the flag here