Harwich – Cox’s Pond


An entire blog post about a pond, but if there had been more Good Beer Guide pubs in Harwich then I might have been otherwise distracted…. The ducks on this pond have had a challenging time over recent years, they went mysteriously missing in 2011 and had to be replaced with a new cluster of ducks.


I think it’s an interesting pond though and not just because of its duckhouse, a word perhaps forever synonymous now with the late Conservative MP Peter Viggers and his Parliamentary expenses. I was intrigued as it has some heritage to it, the pond was once part of the ditch that surrounded the medieval town of Harwich.

The location of the pond can’t be made out in this early eighteenth century drawing of the town, but it gives an indication of how the ditches were used to help defend Harwich.