Trotters Demolished - Southend's very first theatre met the demolishers in 1858. The theatre began life 54 years earlier built by a man called Trotter. The venue became quite a pull and would entertain most of the higher class visitors and indeed pulled in some of London's best actors and actresses. It is known Lady Hamilton, loved the place and frequented it regularly. However, in 1812 it was purchased and finally in this year it was demolished to make way for a row of cottages. These cottages later met a similar fete and were knocked down, replaced by the Gasworks and later the white brick styled office block, which in turn is now undergoing demolition. Obviously, what goes around comes around.