Postcard View 1880 - A stunning view of a growing seafront.
Development Begins - Southend's development started apace in 1880, particularly the Milton area north of the railway, the next 30 years would see the area build up its residential housing stock and this area in particular is now a key conservation area in the town.
The Plough - The junction of London Road and West Road features on many a historic map, and one of the original throughways of the area. It would be a natural location therefore to place a hostelry. Back in 1880 building plans were submitted for then The Plough Hotel, naturally the farm filled views at this time is very different to the one that can be seen today, a urban Westcliff hub of traffic and activity. The Hotel was built almost alone with maybe an odd cottage hera and there, and due to its then remoteness it was very much a key staging point for the horse traffic of the day. Take a walk round the back of the Plough today and you will still see the iron rings in the wall that horses were tied to as well as an original coaching building.