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Wivenhoe Essex - Anthony Flemming - Royle 1978 - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W


Wivenhoe Essex - Anthony Flemming - Royle 1978 - Framed Print - 12"H x 16"W

Anthony Flemming is a member of the Wapping Group of Artists. He is a good quality water colourist with convincing movement and sense of location who specialises in maritime subjects.

Until taking up painting full-time in 1970 he worked as a designer on racing car projects for clients such as Jack Brabham and Bruce Maclaren.

Wivenhoe is a town in north eastern Essex. Historically Wivenhoe village, on the banks of the River Colne, and Wivenhoe Cross, on the higher ground to the north, were two separate settlements but with considerable development in the 19th century the two have merged.

The place-name Wivenhoe is Saxon in origin, deriving from the personal name Wifa's or Wife's spur or promontory (hoe). 

According to folk etymology, the name derived from "Wyvernhoe", originating from the mythical beast called a wyvern and the previously hoe.

Wivenhoe is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Wiivnhou when it formed part of the land of Robert Gernon. The church of St Mary the Virgin is in the High Street and existed by 1254. The walls are of rubble, which includes some Roman tile, with ashlar dressings.

Wivenhoe developed as a port and until the late 19th century was effectively a port for Colchester

In 1884 the town suffered significant damage when it lay close to the epicentre of one of the most destructive UK earthquakes of all time – the 1884 Colchester earthquake.

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