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St Osyths Priory. Clacton-on-Sea

St Osyth Priory dates from the 12th century

The Priory dates from the 12th century – it’s namesake was an East Anglian Queen, who was beheaded by Danish invaders, in nearby “Nuns Wood”.

Legend has it, that when St Osyths refused to renounce her faith she was executed, and once her head was chopped off her executioners were horrified to see her pick up her own head and walk to the church. Her ghost can be seen on the anniversary of her beheading repeating this walk holding her severed head.