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Lecture, Wed 11 Mar 2020

Gillian Darley

Gillian Darley

Gillian Darley


Come along to hear Gillian celebrate the many and varied charms of our county. Excellent Essex draws upon her personal experience of the county, which she has known all her life. Containing a diverse collection of anecdotes, observations and historical facts and an appreciation of architecture and landscapes, it threads together people and places, old and new, offering an enthusiastic, upbeat, reappraisal of ‘England’s most misunderstood county.’


Gillian Darley is a writer and broadcaster. A widely published author on architecture and landscape, she has written biographies of Octavia Hill, John Evelyn and John Soane. Her first and perhaps best known title was Villages of Vision, a study of planned settlements and utopian communities.

Photo of Gillian Darley © Visit Essex/Big Wave PR

Wivenhoe Library
104/6 High Street
Wivenhoe, CO7 9AB

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Wed 11 Mar 2020 19:00


£5 concessions (27 years and under)

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Map reference: TM 038216  Lat: 51.85645 Long: 0.95891

Getting to Wivenhoe

• By bus: Buses No. 61, 62 or 87 go to Wivenhoe from Colchester town centre (61 and 62 also from Colchester Station), via the University of Essex. Buses are very frequent and run 7 days a week.
• By train: Trains from Colchester Town centre, Colchester Station, and London Liverpool Street all go to Wivenhoe. From the other direction trains run from Clacton-on-Sea and Walton-on-the-Naze. Trains run once or twice an hour.
• Walk: follow the Wivenhoe trail from Colchester town centre and the Hythe down to Wivenhoe.
• Cycle: the Wivenhoe trail is part of the National Cycle route 51. Use of cycles on this path is permissive, so be aware of walkers on this popular walking route.
• Car: Access to Wivenhoe is off the A133 from Colchester. Parking is limited in the narrow streets so consider public transport which is easily accessible and frequent.
• Ferry: the Wivenhoe ferry, operated by volunteers, runs in the warmer months from Rowhedge. The Brightlingsea ferry occasionally also goes to Wivenhoe.