SOUTHEND has a complex and surprisingly interesting history.
From 18th-century origins as the `South End' of Prittlewell Parish, it has grown over 300 years to swallow up six separate parishes: Prittlewell, Southchurch, Leigh, Eastwood,North Shoebury and South Shoebury.
The town and wider borough are both now known as `Southend'.
Starting in the Stone Age, it ends in the modern Information Age, covering all points in between.
The story of its evolution as a seaside resort, a commuter town and a regional shopping ventre is unterwoven with a multitude of amusing, intriguing and impressive events, incidents and achievements in this very readable narrative.
Southend has been unfairly maligned as `lacking much history'.
This new book successfully demolishes that suggestion, revealing a wealth of interest in the town and its past - from Prittlewell's Saxon origins to its important role in two world wars.
It will be warmly welcomed throughout Essex.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 160 pages
- Publisher: The History Press Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/10/2010
- Category: Local history
- ISBN: 9781860776458