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Emsworth is a small town[2] in Hampshire on the south coast of England, near the border of West Sussex. It lies at the north end of an arm of Chichester Harbour, a large and shallow inlet from the English Channel.[3]

Migrating birds visit the salt marsh on Emsworth’s foreshore every year and several conservation groups are dedicated to protecting the natural environment.

Emsworth railway station is on the West Coastway Line. It has services that run to Portsmouth, Southampton, Brighton and London Victoria.

The town of Emsworth lies within Portsmouth and S.E. Hampshire.

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Situated east of Havant and Hayling Island at the top of Chichester harbour, its past and present are linked with the sea.  

Emsworth Yacht Harbour (EYH) is a family owned business located at the northern end of beautiful Chichester Harbour and within a short walk of Emsworth town.

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Emsworth began as a Saxon village. At first it was linked to the settlement of Warblington nearby. People from Emsworth worshipped at St Peter's Chapel or in the church at Warblington. Emsworth was not mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086. It was included with Warblington.[4]

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For a few years (2001 to 2007), Emsworth held a food festival.[9] It was the largest event of its type in the UK, with 55,000 visitors in 2007. In 2008 the festival was cancelled due to numerous complaints of disruption to residents and businesses in the proximity; it has been replaced by a series of smaller events.[9]

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Emsworth has a population of approximately 10,000. In the 19th century it had as many as 30 pubs and beer houses. The village has a basin for small yachts and fishing boats, which fills at high tide and can be emptied through a sluice at low tide. The River Ems, which is named after the village (not, as often believed, the town being named after the river) flows into the Slipper millpond. The mill itself is now used as offices.

Emsworth is now mainly a yachting town but has Saxon origins and in the Middle Ages was a busy port. Emsworth’s history is connected with oyster fishing and boat building and the town still has traditional shipwrights and chandleries.

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Emsworth's name came from Anglo Saxon Æmeles worþ = "a man called Æmele's enclosure". A "worth" was an enclosure, such as a farm or hamlet surrounded by a palisade.[4]

This sheltered inlet on Chichester Harbour may have been the inspiration for Howards’ Way and certainly has the boating credentials

The town is part of the Havant constituency, which since the 1983 election has been a Conservative seat. The current Member of Parliament is Alan Mak MP. The town is represented at Havant Borough Council by Councillors Colin Mackey,Rivka Cresswell and Lulu Bowerman. The local County Councillor is Ray Bolton. The town has branches of the Conservative Party, Liberal Democrats, the Labour Party and United Kingdom Independence Party.

Lulu Bowerman “A stroll on the shore and along the Mill Pond wall before a bowl of soup and a beer in one of the pubs is Sunday morning for me.”

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Emsworth is a beautiful small town lying at the top of a channel in Chichester Harbour, nestled between the South Downs and the sea. The town has a strong fishing, sailing and boat building heritage but is most famous for producing oysters up until 100 years ago, when all the best hotels and restaurants in London were supplied daily with Emsworth oysters by train. Read more.

In March 2008, Emsworth was hit by a storm which resulted in trees being uprooted and, in combination with a high tide, led to areas of the town being flooded. Both mill ponds, the lower part of Queen Street including the Lord Raglan pub, and other roads were flooded, making access to some of the town impossible.[12]

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In 1902 the Emsworth oyster industry went into rapid decline. This was after many of the guests at mayoral banquets in Southampton and Winchester, became serious ill and four died after consuming oysters. The infection was due to oysters sourced from Emsworth. The oyster beds had been contaminated with raw sewage.[7][8] Fishing oysters at Emsworth ended until new sewers were dug, but the industry never completely recovered after pollution was prevented.[7]

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Adjacent to Emsworth is Thorney Island.

The Emsworth Business Association supported the introduction of a new loyalty card for customers of local shops, pubs, restaurants, cafes and service providers in January 2013. The scheme is FREE and open to all EBA members and continues grow and be very popular in 2014.

Alistair Gibson “Emsworth is an amazing foodie destination, with traditional butchers, cafes, pubs, interesting restaurants and a monthly market, plus the annual Emsworth British Food Fortnight.”

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