The Richard Chester Cup is made of silver gilt with a London hallmark of 1625-6 and a maker’s mark of F Terry. It bears an inscription around the lip ‘Mr Richard Chester his gift being Mayor of Ye Corporation in Anno 1615’.
Leigh on Sea News
It is well known that some of our greatest sports personalities over the years have come to Leigh to train or play.
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.
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.
Maybe you remember one of the great hoaxes of the early 20th Century; the so-called Cottingley Fairies?
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
The construction of Broadway West and the tea, coffee and cracker's that followed...
The Coliseum stood (and still to a certain degree stands) where today is Strangeways hairdressers and flats above in Elm Road.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
In May 1915 Bombardier George Maurice Dorkins of Leigh was a local hero...
Sgt Larter of at Leigh, retired from the Police Force in 1913. He had had a colourful career...
George Godfrey Harrap was born on 18 January 1868 in Islington and at the age of 14 had developed a keen love of reading.