Lakeside Magic
Essex Life|November 2020
The Lake House, nestled in Mill End on the outskirts of the village of Bradwell on Sea, has been owned by the same family for 60 years and was once a thriving four-buoy water-ski lake.

The 16-acre lake was a field before it was excavated for its gravel to construct the nearby World War II aerodrome, RAF Bradwell Bay. After gravel extraction was completed, a clay-based lake was created, filled by water flowing from a spring close to Bradwell Brook. In the 1960s the family were some of the pioneers of water skiing in the UK, running a water-ski and leisure business here between 1963 and 1998.

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