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About St Osyth
St Osyth is a village in northeast Essex.
It is about 5 miles west of Clacton-on-Sea, and about 12 miles
southeast of Colchester.
It is named after Osyth, a saint and Anglian
princess. The old Essex pronunciation is 'Toosey', which is
still in use locally for the name of the village.
St Osyth is the driest recorded place in
the UK, with an average of just 513 mm per year. By some definitions,
this is low enough to classify St Osyth as a desert
Legend has it that Saint Osyth (or Ositha)
was a young lady who was involved in various fantastical events
during her lifetime. Tales include:
A young Osyth drowned in a stream, but
was revived by nuns from the local convent praying for her
for three days.
St Osyth was executed by beheading;
where she fell a spring issued forth from the ground; she
picked up her head and walked to the door of the nunnery where
she knocked three times on the door before collapsing.
To this day, Osyth's ghost walks along
the priory walls carrying her head one night each year.
The most notable building in the village
is undoubtedly its medieval Abbey, a Grade I listed building.
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