Established in 1984, Frinton & Walton Heritage Trust exists to consolidate historical knowledge of the local area and provide public access to the archives, artefacts and exhibits that tell the story of our community’s past. Currently, the Trust’s collections are displayed at two sites:

Frinton Crossing Cottage Gardens and Railway Museum
Crossing Cottage,
housing a collection orientated towards the town and surrounding villages.
Walton Maritime Museum
Walton Maritime Museum,
charting the life and times of maritime Walton
Forthcoming Events
Resorting to the Coast’ conference
Friday, 24 May: ‘Resorting to the Coast’ conference at the COLUMBINE CENTRE, WALTON from 10am to 4pm. The learning and legacy over the two year project will be reviewed and future potential actions for the participating seaside resorts of Tendring will be outlined. There will be a local history fair, exhibitions, speakers and oral history stories about Tendring’s seaside heritage. Conference tickets, £12.50 in advance, include lunch and refreshments. For your ticket, please contact: admin@tendringcoastalheritage.org.uk.
Start Time: 10am
Finish Time: 4pm

Walton Museum OPEN
MARITIME MUSEUM opens May Bank Holiday Weekend: Saturday, 25 May to Monday, 27 May: WALTON daily from 2pm to 4pm. The exhibition, ‘By the Seaside’ 1880s to the 1940s.
Venue: Walton Maritime Museum
Start Time: 2pm
Finish Time: 4pm

Frinton Museum OPEN
May Bank Holiday Weekend: Saturday, 25 May to Monday, 27 May: TREVOR BRIGHT RAILWAY MUSEUM opens daily from 2pm to 4pm. at the former Crossing Keeper’s Hut, Crossing Cottage, Frinton. Exhibitions of: Carriages of the World, German Railway Bridges and, more local, Clacton-on-Sea.
Venue: Frinton Crossing Cottage, Station Approch F o S
Start Time: 2pm
Finish Time: 4pm

RTTC & FWHT launch a new town heritage trail for Frinton
Bank Holiday Saturday, 25 May: Exhibition and Open Day at FRINTON CROSSING COTTAGE GARDEN, organised in conjunction with ‘Resorting to the Coast’ from 10am to 4.30pm. Both our museums will be open and there will be a local history exhibition from 10am. Light refreshments will be available. At 10.30am an information board will be unveiled to launch a new town heritage trail for Frinton. The focus of the trail is Frinton as a holiday resort, its culture, heritage and legacy. At 11.30am John Barter, local historian and our Vice Chairman, will lead a guided walk of approximately two hours around the town.
Venue: FRINTON CROSSING COTTAGE , Station Approach
Start Time: 10.30am
Finish Time: 4.30pm

Trip on James Stevens No.14 to Shotley Marina
Sunday, 26 May: A half-day trip on James Stevens No.14 to Shotley Marina with a one-hour stop in Shotley to take lunch at the Shipwreck Restaurant or relax on the terrace overlooking Felixstowe Port. £30 per person. Depart 11am, return 3.30pm email jsbookings@fwheritage.co.uk or phone Brian on 07836 340315. FULLY BOOKED
Venue: Titchmarsh Marina, Coles Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, CO14 8SL.
Start Time: 11am
Finish Time: 3-30pm

Family Fun Day,
Sunday, 26 May: Free Family Fun Day, organised by ‘Resorting to the Coast’; West Greensward, Marine Parade West, CLACTON-ON-SEA; 10am to 5pm. For details, see the website: www.tendringcoastalheritage.org.uk.
Venue: West Greensward, Marine Parade West, CLACTON-ON-SEA;
Start Time: 10am
Finish Time: 5pm

A Brief History and Guide

Frinton & Walton Heritage Trust

The History Group of Frinton & Walton Heritage Trust became aware of a need not only for a concise history of the town but also a guide for visitors and residents alike. This new publication tells the story of Frinton from its early beginnings as well as how the present appearance of the town came about, thus setting in context the ‘old and the new’ in one publication.

This hardback book of 68 pages includes pencil sketches by local artists, together with sketch maps of the area and town and is priced at £9.95.

The book is available at The Cottage on Tuesday mornings, The Walton Maritime Museum and via the Trust’s website, www.fwheritage.co.uk/shop. You can also purchase the book from Caxton Bookshop in Connaught Avenue and Parkers Nursery, Walton Road, but without member’s discount. An order form can aslo be downloaded here.

James Stevens No.14
Since 1998, the Trust has restored and maintained the world’s oldest surviving motor lifeboat.
You can now book a trip on this boat which sails from Walton-on-the-Naze.
View History       Diamond Jubilee Pageant       Harwich Festival 2013

During summer months the lifeboat can be booked for a truly unique tour of the local waters around Walton-on-the-Naze.
Forthcoming Trips
DateTime OutTrip ToTime ReturnPlaces Left
Sunday, 26 May 2019 Shotley 0
Sunday, 02 June 2019 1000 Backwaters 1200 9
Sunday, 09 June 2019 1500 Backwaters 1700 5
Sunday, 16 June 2019 1100 Backwaters 1300 9
Sunday, 23 June 2019 1100 Wolverstone Marina 1630 11
Sunday, 30 June 2019 1000 Harwich 1430 11
Wednesday, 03 July 2019 1100 Backwaters 1300 11
Sunday, 07 July 2019 1400 Backwaters 1600 9
Sunday, 14 July 2019 900 Backwaters 1100 10
Sunday, 14 July 2019 Backwaters 2
Saturday, 20 July 2019 1100 Brightlingsea 11
Sunday, 21 July 2019 1100 Brightlingsea 1500 11
Wednesday, 24 July 2019 1500 Backwaters 1700 11
Sunday, 28 July 2019 1800 Harwich/Felixstowe 2100 11
Saturday, 03 August 2019 1200 Backwaters 1400 0
Sunday, 04 August 2019 1100 Shotley Marina 1530 7
Sunday, 18 August 2019 IPSWICH Festival 9
Plan Your Trip


Notelet Cards
James Stevens No.14

The front picture is of James Stevens No.14 covered in snow at her moorings.
(Picture size 140mm x 140mm)
Frinton Railway Gates

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Frinton Signal Box

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Postcards From Walton
Book Launch

Videos of event:
Postcards from Walton
Rachel Baldwin, Liz Bruce, Linda Ellis, John Barter, and Roger Kennell describe the creation of the book:
View Video
Memories of Walton
Purchase the book

As a registered charity, Frinton & Walton Heritage Trust success depends upon the dedication and enthusiasm of its membership, as well as the generosity of the wider public. Details of our regular fundraising and social events can be found on our events page; if you would like to pledge a donation directly please let us know. We also welcome membership requests, visitor feedback and are particularly keen to hear if you have something that may be of interest for our archives/collections.

Frinton & Walton Heritage Trust is extremely grateful to all who have contributed, by whatever means, to its success over the past 35 years. Only with your support can the Trust continue to protect local heritage for the enjoyment of present and future generations.

Link to F&WHT Facebook Page
Take a look at our Facebook page to see photographs of our recent events