Street Lighting - Walking around Southend after dark caused many problems. The high number of pubs fuelled the problems of people falling into ditches on the way home. Also crime was an issue and Southchurch area in particular was an issue for young ladies walking through without being attacked. 1857 the Local Board sanctioned the erection of 20 gas lamps although mainly in the Old Southend area. In 1897 these were replaced by electric equivalents.