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Essex Field Club
Essex Field Club
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We are normally open to the public at our centre at Wat Tyler Country Park every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday between 11am and 4pm. We are also usually open on Wednesdays between 10am and 4pm.

Spring recording Record your Robin Record Common Frog Rana temporaria
Record Alexanders Smyrnium olusatrum Record Tawny Mining Bee Andrena fulva
Record Dark-edged Bee Fly Bombylius major
Record Spring Flower Bee Anthophora plumipes
Record cuckoo bee Melecta albifrons

Geology Site Account

St. Peters Well, WEST MERSEA, Colchester Distrct, TM006124, General geological site

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Site name: St. Peter's Well

Grid reference: TM 006 124

Brief description of site:

St. Peter's Well is an ancient source of water on what is now called St. Peter's well Meadow. The area was affected by the Essex earthquake of 1884.



The meadow is a public open space. The well is an ancient source of water but fell into disuse in the early 20th century. In 2000 the well was refurbished and a new well head installed with a bronze plaque.

The Essex earthquake of 1884 caused a crack to open up which ran for over 200 yards from the mouth of the well. An 1884 photo exists of the crack and the well. The crack is associated with an existing London Clay landslip here. This is perhaps the best documented of the rare British case records of slope instability arising from earthquake shock.


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