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Celebrity Southend-on-Sea

  • By Sharon Harris - Monday, January 9, 2017

Southend-on-Sea in the UK is home to the longest pleasure pier in the world but it is not this, however, that makes it a celebrity. Southend takes its name from being located at the south end of Prittlewell which first existed in the 6-7th century. Prittlewell Priory was founded there by Cluniac Monks in the 12th century. The Priory’s lands stretched southwards for several kilometres down to the sea where a few fishermen lived and worked and it was this sea side end that became known as ‘Southend’.

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Happy in Leigh-on-Sea or Moving to Southend

  • By Sharon Harris - Wednesday, December 28, 2016

I don’t want to be a ‘doubter’ but how happy are the people of Leigh-on-Sea? Much has been made of the August 2016 Rightmove poll which placed Leigh top of the ‘Happiest Place to Live’ poll.

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What happened to North Benfleet Hall?

  • By Sharon Harris - Sunday, January 4, 2015

North Benfleet Hall was a manor house in rural North Benfleet that held a special place in the memories of the local residents and a question mark as to its disappearance.

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Rossi's in Westcliff - One of my Oldest Memories

  • By Sharon Harris - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

One of my earliest memories is of sitting on the seafront outside Rossi’s in Westcliff licking an ice cream cone. The pleasure that gave….. sitting in the hot sunshine and catching the drips as they ran down the side of the cone, so as not to waste a drop!

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Incredible History of a Piece of South Ockendon

  • By Sharon Harris - Saturday, November 22, 2014

Whilst visiting a cathedral or a castle we would expect to uncover historic events, but in a small rural area of Essex, historic value may not be so obvious. Especially when it reflects changes in social attitudes of the 20th century.

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Edwardian Style in Southend-on-Sea

  • By Sharon Harris - Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Edwardian period was from 1901-1910, but the Edwardian style was said to have lasted until 1920 and can be seen in the style of Edwardian houses, so different from their Victorian predecessors.

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Why do people criticize Canvey Island?

  • By Sharon Harris - Saturday, November 8, 2014

People from everywhere seem to have an opinion about Canvey Island and a lot of those opinions are derogatory. Come have a read what the Bear says...

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Information about Living in Southend

  • By Sharon Harris - Sunday, October 5, 2014

SO WHAT’S THE PROPERTY LANGUAGE IN ESSEX ALL ABOUT? If you are moving to Essex then be quick, as houses are selling fast. Property in Essex is selling very quickly because the county of Essex contains some of the most diverse environments in England and is on the capital, London’s doorstep. People just love living in Essex!

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