Harkstead is a quiet village close to the north bank of the River Stour, with good walks to Holbrook Bay. It was recorded in Domesday as "Herchesteda". An inscription on the post of the village sign (erected in 2014) reads "In memory of those who have passed this way". Perhaps an interesting story behind it?

It's said that there was a red-light district in Harkstead in the latter years of the Second World War, presumably to keep the military busy...

Arthur Ransome was a one-time resident of Harkstead Hall.


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The 1879 Kelly's Directory lists Benj. Granger as a shopkeeper & beer retailer.

The 1881 census lists Benjamin Granger as Wheelwright Shopkeeper, Head/Married/56y/born Great Clacton, Essex, and Emma Granger, Wife/Married/43y/born Holbrook. (the Bakers Arms)?

The 1888 Kelly's Directory lists Mrs Emma Granger as a beer retailer (also listed as a shopkeeper).

The 1891-92 White's Directory lists William Daniels as a beer house keeper (also listed as a grocer & draper).

The 1900 Kelly's Directory lists William Daniels as a beer retailer (also listed as a shopkeeper).…