During WW2 soldiers were billeted here.
Some thought at the time that they belonged to the SAS. Martin Newell suggests that when they were needed in a hurry to get to the coast, they would scramble through a hole in the wall at the side of the house and slide down the embankment to the railway line where there was a planking platform which formed a railway halt so they could board a train quickly.
For more about this platform, called Paget Halt – click here
Source: ‘A Prospect of Wivenhoe – Snapshots of an English Town’ Martin Newell.