Situated six miles due east of Southend-on-Sea, Great Wakering is some forty miles east of London. The best way to find it on a map is to locate London, then the River Thames, follow the north bank out of the City till you reach Southend-on- Sea, go just a little further and find Shoeburyness, then Foulness, and the village is between the two. Great Wakering is a picturesque village dominated by the Norman church at the east end of the long High Street. Romans, Normans and Danes have all passed this way, leaving their mark as they went.
Great Wakering is in Essex about six miles to the East of Southend-on-Sea and between Shoeburyness and Foulness Island. Great Wakering [although it is still called a village] has approximatley 6,000 residents. Great Wakering with its fine Norman church that dominates the village sky line at the east end of the long High Street was recorded in the Doomsday book.
Great Wakeringhas a fine array of pubs “The Exhibition Inn”,”The Castle”,”The Anchor Hotel”,”The Red Lion”,”The White Hart”and just outside the village”The Rose Inn” and “The Angel”. Great Wakering has been recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as being the driest place in England with well under twenty inches of rainfall per year. Great Wakering industry in the main revolves around farming and brickmaking.
Great Wakering was an area very much in the national spotlight and the news every night, approximatley twenty five years ago, as just a few miles east is the Maplin Sands where the Government were very keen to site a third Airport for London. Protest and cost eventually meant the scheme was put on hold.