The Hoy, 4 Clacton Road, St. Osyth, Clacon on Sea, Essex. CO16 8PA
Tel 01255 821799
The name St. Osyth is attributed to the daughter of a King of East Anglia, who in 653 AD, was beheaded by Danish invaders, because she would not worship their idols, and the Priory was built in her honour.
The centre of the village was designated as a conservation area. The Parish has 112 buildings listed as of historic or special architectural interest, including the Priory and the Church of St. Peter and Paul which are both Grade 1 listed buildings and The Hoy is grade two listed building. St. Osyth is also well known for the Ghost of Ursula. Ursula's midwife services were unwanted by a pregnant neighbour in favour of another midwife she exchanged harsh words with the mother to be that when the young baby went on to die it was suspected a curse had been placed on the infant. The villagers began to suspect that Ursula could treat or induce sickness and lameness at will and she soon became a prime target for the Witch Hunter.