History of Heybridge
Heybridge Lock was built as the sea terminus for the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation. The village of Heybridge Basin grew up around the lock as there was plenty of work unloading the ships into the canal barges. The village has continued to expand into the 21st century despite the cessation of commercial activities on the canal. This expansion has continued because of the excellent sailing facilities on the River Blackwater and also because of the 150-200 vessels permanently moored in the Basin.