Remains of a Roman Villa have been discovered in Mayland, near the Marina (these, together with a Pheonician vase, are in Colchester Museum).
The village gets its name from the may-weed plant – ‘Maelanda‘, which once grew here in profusion. During the Middle ages a few lonely farms existed here, with names like ‘Knipshoe‘, ‘Dredgers’ and ‘Bovill Uplands’, probably mostly engaged in oyster gathering.
By late Victorian times a school was built above Mayland, about the time that a new Church replaced the Saxon building on top of Mayland Hill.
At the end of the 1st world war, an American millionaire, Joseph Fels purchased land in Mayland, to found a farmstead where unemployed men and their families, many ex-soldiers, could come, to grow vegetables and fruit. Joseph had made his fortune manufacturing Naptha soap, and although a successful businessman, the farmstead eventually failed, due to pilfering and the fact that a north facing aspect is really not suitable for market gardening.
When the 2nd World war began, the Government needed Motor Torpedo Boats, and Gun Boats so it turned to the Cardnell brothers, Tom and George, and financed the building of the boatyard in Mayland. Over 100 workers toiled here at the peak of production, many bussing in from nearby Burnham-on-Crouch, where people with boat-building skills could be found.
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