In St Mary’s Church, Prittlewell on the wall is a plaque remembering a Thomas Dowsett. He is buried in St John’s, Southend along with many members of his family. There was once a Dowsett Avenue in Southend and there is a ward at Southend Hospital named after him. Who was he and why is he… Read More In Focus – Thomas Dowsett
St Marys Church, Prittlewell Just to the north of Southend on Seas High Street stands a beautiful church, complete with graveyard and tower. The church is St Mary’s and should not be ignored. Aside from it being a picturesque church, St Marys has stood on the spot before the creation of Southend, a church was… Read More The Mother church of Southend
Southend Central Museum has had a little revamp – its archaeology section has been updated with a more refreshed look and interpretation, with some new additions. Yes, ‘Southends King of Bling’, the Prittlewell Prince burial has returned home. Many of the archaeological artefacts uncovered during the original dig are now back home and on display… Read More The Prittlewell Princely Burial Gallery – a Review
The Royal Terrace is a line of buildings, which start just past pier hill next to the Royal Hotel all the way along to the Army and Navy. The buildings were built as part of a fashionable development in Southend, part of New Southend in the hopes to entice more people to Southend and become a seaside resort to rival that of… Read More A Georgian Terrace by the Sea – the Royal Terrace, Southend.
For anyone who has grown up in and around Southend there is one icon that we all know and recognise – Southend Pier – the longest Pleasure Pier in the world. Firstly, what is a Pleasure Pier? Pleasure Piers were first built in England in the 19th Century, the first being Ryde Pier in 1813. A popular pastime of the era was going… Read More The World’s most unluckiest Pier?
Situated near the Royal Terrace Southend Cliff lift has been in action since 1912 and before that was a moving walkway. It is one of those things that I always looked at as a kid but did not really go on until last year! Originally a moving public walkway, which opened in 1901 and was… Read More Midweek Mini – Southend’s Cliff Lift
There is a beautiful timber framed building located in the heart of Southchurch within Southchurch Hall Park. Today it is museum, open to the public and managed by Southend Museums and Libraries. It is unfortunately infrequently visited with many not knowing of its existence. Nevertheless, Southchurch Hall and the park itself have over 700 years… Read More The Hidden Gem of Southchurch – Southchurch Hall
When driving around Southend, near Priory park, just before you get to Cuckoo Corner there is a small mound. It’s a strange place for one and unless you know the area and its history you don’t really know what it was. The mound is a burial mound of a man who died thousands of years… Read More The Royal Burial at Prittlewell