Paglesham is located in the east of the District and is divided into the two hamlets of East End and Church End. The roads in to the parish come to a stop at the hamlets and there are footpaths leading into the countryside and out to the River Crouch and Paglesham Creek.
Paglesham's two hamlets form one of Essex's oldest fishing villages and are part of the Roach Valley Conservation Zone. Red brick cottages and older timber framed buildings look out onto farmland all around. The East End invites you in to its cosy ambience of yesteryear with the hidden suggestions of the many smuggling activities that abounded a century or two ago when, according to customs records, virtually every family in Paglesham was involved in this lucrative, but illegal, pastime. The creeks and inlets from the river afforded a fairly easy means of bringing ashore contraband in the form of spirits, silks and lace. It was to combat this that the HMS Beagle was moored in a strategic location in the river to act as a watch vessel. Charles Darwin made a five-year voyage in the Beagle, which circumnavigated the globe. Locals and visitors alike are intrigued by the secret of the possible last resting place of this famous ship, which ended her days nesting in the Paglesham mud.
The Road Valley affords picturesque walking territory which appeals to ramblers and nature lovers. The village has a popular yacht club, sailing facilities and boat building yard.
Did you know?
Paglesham was once renowned for its oyster production. In its 19th Century heyday, local oysters were the great delicacy at home and in our capital city.