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Harwich England.jpg
Coordinates 51 ° 57 ′  N , 1 ° 17 ′  E Coordinates: 51 ° 57 ′  N , 1 ° 17 ′  E
OS National Grid TM243313
Harwich (England)
Residents 17,684 (as of 2011) Census
(Harwich and Dovercourt)
Post town HARWICH
ZIP code section CO12
prefix 01255
Part of the country England
region East of England
Shire county Essex
District Tendring
British Parliament Harwich and North Essex

Harwich [ ˈˈhærɪtʃ ] is an English port city in the south-east of the United Kingdom .

Geographical location

Harwich is in Essex County . Due to its location on the estuary of the Stour and Orwell rivers and its importance as the only safe anchorage between the Thames and the Humber , the place has a long history of maritime importance.


The Royal Navy opened the Harwich naval base here in 1657.

The ferry terminal was built in 1883 by the Great Eastern Railway and opened for passenger ferries. From 1924 the first rail ferries , Train Ferries No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 , from here to Zeebrugge . This connection made it possible for the first time to send goods by rail between Germany and the British Isles without reloading.

In 1938/39, many Jewish children landed here who were allowed to immigrate to Great Britain as part of the Kindertransport .

Ferries went directly to Germany: to Bremerhaven from 1966 to 1982, to Hamburg from 1969 to 2003 and to Cuxhaven from 2003 to 2005.


Harwich International Port is still today one of the most important ferry ports in the UK , with connections across the North Sea to Hoek van Holland (city of Rotterdam ) and (until September 2014) to Esbjerg in Denmark .

sons and daughters of the town

Web links

Commons : Harwich  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Neighborhood statistics
  2. England ferry stops operating in the Hamburger Abendblatt , October 5, 2005.
    See also: England ferry Bremerhaven