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West Mersea, Essex


West Mersea today occupies more than 2.5 sq km of the south-western part of Mersea Island (just off Essex coast c. 8 km south of Colchester) at 3-12m OD, but the first edition Ordnance Survey map shows most of the area of the present village to be devoid of settlement, with occupation limited to the areas around the church and to the north west of the village, and a scatter of other outlying farms. A Roman tessellated pavement was revealed during recent garden landscaping, otherwise little archaeological investigation has been carried out in the village.

Local Information Websites

Mersea Island Museum

West Mersea Village Website

Heritage Gateway


Projects by Year







Test Pit Pottery Distribution Map 2006-2010


Full report from the West Mersea test pit excavations