15:12 20 July 2022
Join artist James Merriott on a watercolor tour of the quaint seaside village of Paglesham, Rochford
Between the Rivers Roach and Crouch, a few miles north of Southend-on-Sea, lies Paglesham, which is divided into two remote hamlets: Church End and East End. It’s so different from the holiday atmosphere of Southend, it’s like visiting somewhere on the other side of the world.
What Paglesham has in common with its illustrious neighbor is the immense pleasure it provides to those who come to spend a nice day.
Perhaps picturesque is the closest thing to describing the charms of both hamlets. Peaceful, tranquil and scenic is an understatement of what is found here. Plus, the meals served at The Plow and Sail pub are outstanding!
From someone who loves painting historic villages, this is simply the best I’ve found, and it’s almost on my doorstep.
CHURCH OF SAINT-PIERRE
Historic and quiet like all the architecture of the village. A great joy to paint in the secular trees.
THE OLD WORLD COTTAGE
It can only be described as stunningly beautiful. In painting it at home, I used two photographs, one from each end of the cottage.
THE OLD POST
Red doors with black frames in white siding make a great composition.
PUNCH BOWL INN
Unfortunately not open at the moment. The helpful cemetery gardener told us that “plans to reopen are underway”.
THE PLOW AND THE SAIL
It’s nice to think that Jamie Oliver’s expertise has its roots in this fabulous hostel. His grandfather was a publican here when he was busy becoming a famous chef.
N° 1 HUNTING
I found this watercolor difficult. The chalet faces north with the shrubbery overhang contributing to lots of dark tones in the bright sun.
You can contact James at Cottage Corner Art, 9 Byron Road, Hutton, Brentwood, CM13 2RU. Call 01277 210 728 to make an appointment.