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Can you purchase a day Kayaking License here? And if so is there a place her you can get a kayak in the water?

Francis Waring (1760–1833) was the vicar of Heybridge. He was notorious for the extraordinary way he performed the duties of his office. He would read church lessons at breakneck speed, give a very quick sermon of one or two sentences and then run down the aisle and leap onto a horse to gallop off and repeat the performance at two other churches in the area.

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From here you can walk the sea wall path to Maldon, or in the opposite direction, to Goldhanger and beyond. You can also walk the canal towpath to Heybridge or Beeleigh Falls and the acient hamlet of Beeleigh.

For the next, and each subsequent, seven-day period or part thereof:

Heybridge has a King George's Field in memorial to King George V.

• Basic Rate £5.93• Standard Rate £6.52• Premium £7.03For the residential moorings at Heybridge, charges are 1.5 x the cost of non-residential moorings; there are no current vacancies. For all enquiries please contact the Heybridge Lockkeeper.  There are no other residential moorings available elsewhere on the Navigation other than for residential caretakers.

While you are in the lock the lockkeeper will give you a berth in the basin.  This may involve rafting up to other boats.  We try to keep them in the order they are leaving in so boats staying the longest will go inside boats that are leaving the next day.  We also try to give boats crewed by disabled people, children and dogs berths on the quayside.

Heybridge is a civil parish and large village, large enough to be a town in the Maldon district of Essex, England. It is adjacent to Maldon, near the River Blackwater. It is often overshadowed by its historic neighbour, and one could mistakenly think it to be the same town, as the two have merged with one another over the years. It has a population of 7,627,[2] increasing to 8,175 at the 2011 Census.[1]

By 1914 Bentalls had 600–700 employees. During the first world war they took on female workers for the first time, and the workshop was equipped with pneumatic hoists. After the war, though, the fortunes of the company declined – largely due to its involvement in the Agricultural & General Engineers association. After A G E went bust in 1933 Bentalls gradually began to recover.[6]

Some people believe that the River Blackwater at Heybridge, near where the "high bridge" was later constructed, was the site of the Battle of Maldon. This belief, however, is contentious. The site of the battle cannot be unambiguously determined from the poem itself[5] and, over the years, various people have had different theories about where it happened.

Heybridge was an agricultural village until the 1970s and 80s, when a considerable proportion of the local farm land was given over to house building. The main industry in Heybridge itself, until it ceased trading in 1984, was the agricultural machinery manufacturer E H Bentall & Co. Established in 1805 on the south bank of the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation, the company grew to be a large factory complex that operated for nearly 180 years.[6]

The Waring Room, St Andrew's church hall, is named after him.[7]

From the sea walls at Heybridge Basin you can take in the splendid views of the Blackwater estuary and Osea Island, and you may even see an historic Thames Barge on a cruise out from Maldon.

There is also a tea room run by the famous Tiptree Preserve company where you can get a cup of tea or coffee and a cake, sandwich or meal. Ice cream is also available from the kiosk.

Boats under 7 m £21 per 7 days or part thereofBoats over 7 m and under 10 m £28 per 7 days or part thereofBoats over 10 m and under 13 m £35 per 7 days or part thereofBoats over 13 m and under 15 m £42 per 7 days or part thereofBoats over 15 m and under 20 m £30 per 7 days or part thereof

Visitors are always welcome at Heybridge Basin. However, during the summer months it is very busy and it is always advisable to book, especially at weekends when yacht club rallies visit the Basin.

Boats under 7 m £16 per nightBoats over 7 m and under 10 m £20 per nightBoats over 10 m and under 13 m £22 per nightBoats over 13 m and under 15 m £26 per nightBoats over 15 m and under 20 m £30 per night

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His domestic arrangements were equally peculiar. Although he wasn't poor, his vicarage was furnished with rough-hewn logs, instead of chairs. His children ate their meals from a trough next to the split-log dining table. He and his wife slept in an enormous wicker cradle suspended from the ceiling.

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Heybridge's facilities include a number of takeaways, two small supermarkets, a video shop, chemist, vets and dentist; many are situated around the Bentall's Shopping Complex along the Colchester Road. The town is also home to the popular Heybridge Swifts football club, currently competing in the Isthmian League Division One North.

All charges are subject to a maximum length of 18 metres and a maximum draft of 4 metres. Rates beyond these dimensions (Heybridge Basin only) and for off-line and end-of-garden moorings are by negotiation.  Moorings for a minimum period of three months are payable in advance, or by monthly Direct Debit.

There are no additional charges per person.

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Always be prepared to moor on either side of the lock, ropes around ten metres long with plain ends are best.  Staff will help you moor up by passing your rope through eyes on the quay and passing the rope end back to you.  Have plenty of fenders rigged, as the lock side is unforgiving granite and brick.

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Long term moorers (over three months) rates are per 0.5 metre per calendar month

In 1961 E H Bentall and Co was taken over by the Acrow group. Acrows went into receivership in 1984 and Bentalls factory closed down.[6]

Contact the Heybridge Lockkeeper for enquiries about mooring at Heybridge Basin.VHF: Ch 80Address: The Lock House, Heybridge Basin, Maldon, Essex, CM9 4RY

The rise in the lock varies depending on the tide; on neaps it maybe as much as 2.5 metres, however on springs occasionally you can sail straight through.

The basin can accommodate vessels up 50 metres in length and 4.0 metres draft.  Space for vessels over 1.6 metres draft and over 20 metres length is restricted.  However, at the top end of the moorings, on the south side, we have space for more small boats.


If you have a dog(s), children or are disabled please let us know either in the lock or when you book your berth.  While in the lock you will be asked to fill in a registration card and will be given an information sheet with details of the codes for the shower block, laundry and other details.

Heybridge has a Non-League football club Heybridge Swifts F.C. who play at Scraley Road.