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Rowhedge is a village in Essex.Part of the parish of East Donyland, Rowhedge is (for local government purposes), a ward of Colchester Borough Council.GeographyRowhedge is on the right bank of the tidal River Colne and is the first settlement downstream, about 4km from Colchester. The slightly larger village (or small town), of Wivenhoe is on the opposite bank, but further downstream; Fingringhoe is about 2km to the southwest. Throughout the twentieth century, Rowhedge and Wivenhoe were linked by a ferry. A barrier, similar to the one on the River Thames which shields London, was completed on the Colne in 1994. Rowhedge, Wivenhoe and Colchester all benefit from its protection from flooding.The main thoroughfare in Rowhedge, the High Street, runs parallel to the river; at one time it connected two areas of ship and boat construction and maintenance - the Upper and Lower Yards, (The former being to the north or Colchester end of the High Street). They were often known as 'Up Street' and 'Down Street' respectively. With the decline of ship building, both 'Up Street' and 'Down Street' have housing erected on them.HistoryThe history of Rowhedge is connected directly to the River Colne; ship or boat building and the crewing of many vessels go back to the nineteenth century, maritime pursuits in general even further. The Essex earthquake of 22 April 1884, damaged several buildings in the village, even shaking a man off his ladder while he was repairing the village's school clock. Colchester Rowing Club was established in the village in 1896 when the population was about 1,100.
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