In 1801 there were 1,213 inhabitants in Southend.
Lord Nelson in Town - Was it coincedence or design that Lord Nelson, from 1801 and for the next few years would be seen in Southend. Yes in 1801 he was duty bound as he was commanding the battle squadron that was defending the Thames Estuary and the Eastern Coast. He would tie up his flagship at the Nore providing him ample time to spend with his mistress Lady Hamilton.
Royal Patronage - Princess Charlotte of Wales, daughter of George IV, visited Southend for sea-bathing, as advised by her physicians. She stayed at The Lawn, Southchurch and attended service at Holy Trinity Church, Southchurch, as well as patronising the bathing machines of Mrs Glasscock.
Leigh Brewery Closes - The first proper brewery in the borough closed up shop in 1801. The George Brewery in the old town, Leigh ran from around 1714.
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