This new DVD presents a fascinating look back at bygone Clacton and the surrounding district.

Clacton on Sea as was born on the 18th of July 1871. This article from the London Standard records its official inauguration.

The DVD explores Clacton’s growth from an insignificant hamlet and a haunt of smugglers to a fashionable Victorian holiday resort.

It recalls some of the memorable events from the town’s past including, the opening of the Pier, the coming of the railway, the opening of Butlins, and the floods of 1953, which claimed 35 lives in Jaywick.

The DVD also looks back at Clacton’s experiences during the Second World War. At the outbreak of war it was declared a safe zone and received evacuees from London; then, in a dramatic reversal in fortunes, the town suffered the first civilian casualties of the war, its own children were evacuated, and it was fortified against an expected invasion.

This remarkable period in Clacton’s past is brought to life with a selection of old photos and a unique collection of archive film, which captures many aspects of life in old Clacton, Frinton, Jaywick and Holland from the 1920s to the 1960s. Many of the events featured in the DVD are brought to life with first-hand accounts from the archives of the Clacton Times and the Clacton Gazette.

The running time is approximately 50 minutes and the price is £16.80 incl p&p.


Included is a free bonus film, ‘Essex The Way We Were’, a unique collection of short films showing aspects of life in bygone Essex including, Finchingfield in the 1930s, bringing in the harvest in Thaxted, a day in the life of a working Thames barge, and a holiday in Southend in the 1950s.


Price: £16.80