Status: Active, 11 volumes published

Volume 11: Clacton, Walton and Frinton: North-East Essex Seaside Resorts was published in 2011. The volume is an authoritative account of the growth and development of these three towns on the "Sunshine Coast".

Priced at £95 the volume is available from Boydell & Brewer and you can order it today.

We are currently working on VCH Essex volume XII in the red book series, which will cover the parishes of St Osyth, Great Clacton, Little Clacton, Great Holland, Little Holland, Frinton, Walton-le-Soken, Thorpe-le-Soken, and Kirby-le-Soken. We also have volunteer groups working in the Clacton and Newport areas and we are planning other projects across the county.

The production of future volumes in the VCH Essex series depends upon the support of The VCH Essex Trust (Reg. Char. 1038801) and on volunteers helping with research. For more information on how to donate or to volunteer see Support.

This Work in Progress page contains links to individual pieces of VCH research and writing that will ultimately contribute to Volume XII. These pieces are VCH drafts which are sufficiently finished to allow public access, but which may be substantially altered before publication and we hope that the final text will therefore be improved. Corrections and comments are welcome.

VCH Essex may be contacted at our office: VCH Essex, Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6YT or the consultant editors may be contacted by e-mail:

Dr Chris Thornton:

Dr Herbert Eiden:




H. A. Doubleday
Jan 1903
William Page and J. Horace Round
Jan 1907
W. R. Powell
Jan 1956
W. R. Powell
Jan 1959
W. R. Powell
Jan 1963

News and events

Latest Essex publication launched in county
Free local history event celebrating VCH Essex's HLF Clacton project
The latest news on the VCH Essex's HLF funded Clacton project
Latest newsletter of the VCH Essex Trust out now
Clacton VCH Group wins Heritage Lottery Fund support to explore the lost...
Latest newsletter of the VCH Essex Trust out now
Essex XI presented to Princess Anne at the end of Diamond Jubilee year
This evening a copy of VCH Essex XI will be presented to HRH The Princess Royal...

Work in progress

This book was published in 2015. Priced at £12, copies of VCH Newport are...
Work on the parishes of Kirby-le-Soken, Thorpe-le-Soken and Walton-le-Soken is t...
Work on the history of Frinton before the development of its seaside resort in t...