Literary References

The marshes, coastline and flat landscape have inspired many authors and artists.

A few are listed below.

Daniel Defoe

From 1724-1726,  Author of Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe travelled the Country recording his trek in "Tour through the whole island of Great Britain". His remarks on Burnham and the Dengie Hundred were limited to ' the strange decay of sex' with an explanation that many men had numerous wives who they took from the uplands but the wives rarely survived in the fog and damps of the marshland and died within a year or so at which the men just went back to the uplands and got another wife

 Alfred Hitchcock 

Alfred Hitchcock was born and brought up in the East End. When asked, by the Times Newspaper, the inspiration for his atmospheric films he cited his experience from a Visit to Burnham on Crouch on a grey November day when the gulls circled above

Would North by North West, Psycho or the Birds have been made without the inspiration of a visit to Burnham on Crouch?

 H G Wells

In his classic book War of the Worlds HG Wells used the area as a setting for his Martian invasion.

" Then far away beyond the Crouch, came another striding over some stunted trees, and then yet another still farther off wading deeply through a shiny mud flat half way up between sea and sky. By midday they passed through Tillingham, which strangely enough seemed silent and deserted, save for a few furtive plunderers hunting for food. Near Tillingham they suddenly came into sight of the sea, and the most amazing crowd of shipping of all sorts that it is possible to imagine."