Leigh on Sea News

HistoricaLeigh: The Young's Connection

In 1805 a lady called Elizabeth Martha started selling fish caught in the River Thames. She married a local fisherman, Timothy Young and together they formed a business which prospered in the early 1800s and is still with us today.

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HistoricaLeigh; Eva Annie

Just clear of the end of the marsh, at low tide, you can see the bottom boards and stem or stern post of a sailing barge.

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HistoricaLeigh: Brubs Bridge

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HistoricaLeigh: Fairies at the bottom of the garden?

Maybe you remember one of the great hoaxes of the early 20th Century;  the so-called Cottingley Fairies?

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HistoricaLeigh: A Leigh Union Trail Blazer Down Under

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HistoricaLeigh - The Ham & Beef Shop


In 1835 Lady Olivia Sparrow, Lady of the Manor, erected  infant and junior schools in Leigh and engaged the Rev Ridley Herschell to run them

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HistoricaLeigh: Coffe and Crackers —Elimentary Dr Watson

The construction of Broadway West and the tea, coffee and cracker's that followed...

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HisotricaLeigh: Jumping the Shotgun!

Was it bigamy in Leigh in the 1700's? 

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HistoricaLeigh - The Coliseum of Leigh (not Rome)

The Coliseum stood (and still to a certain degree stands) where today is Strangeways hairdressers and flats above in Elm Road. 

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Historicaleigh: Just a Drum with Strings?

On 27 December 1930 Norton Greenop passed away suddenly at his home in Leigh Road, after years of heart problems. He was 61 and had been a businessman in Leigh for 14 years.

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From Dogger Bank To Pier Head

In 1931 the Dogger Bank earthquake hit the country and was the strongest earthquake recorded since measurements began with a magnitude of 6.1 on the Richter scale

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Historicaleigh - In The Interests of Science

Nowadays we take X Rays for granted and we are used to the radiographer staying out of range of the machinery in action. But at the outset the dangers were not known.

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Historicaleigh - The Tragic Tiller Girl

Back in my youth no Sunday evening would be complete without Sunday Night at the London Palladium on TV and the most constant of all the performers were the Tiller Girls, a troupe of dancers whose high kicks and precision timing defied believe.

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HistoricaLeigh: Sgt Larter of at Leigh

Sgt Larter was well known by shopkeepers in Leigh and Southend for he was the Officer who detected a shoplifting gang and recovered several loads of property by examining dustbins in back yards at night

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Historicaleigh - Leigh's Tragic Link Between the Great War and Dunkirk

In May 1915 Bombardier George Maurice Dorkins of Leigh was a local hero...

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Historicaleigh - Leigh's Riotous Policeman

Sgt Larter of at Leigh, retired from the Police Force in 1913. He had had a colourful career...

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Historicaleigh - Parlez Vous

George Godfrey Harrap was born on 18 January 1868 in Islington and at the age of 14 had developed a keen love of reading.

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Historicaleigh - Votes for Women

With voting being a topical subject right now the Census of 1911 showed the face of Women’s Suffrage defying authority.

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Historicaleigh - Trains in Elm Road!

It wasn't a building you would of expected to see in Elm Road, but in 1908, an old railway carriage was right there inhabited by a family of 6.

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Historicaleigh - A Grand Old Maid

There cannot be many of us who have passed the ‘Cutlass Stone’ in Leigh Churchyard and marvelled at the age of Mary Ellis, dying at 109.

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