Southend Timeline

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1666

Wreck - An officer of customs reported that wreckage from a warship had floated ashore at Southend.  This was probably from the man-o'-war 'London' which blew up off Southend in March 1665, whilst being taken from Chatham to Tilbury Hope to be prepared for commission.  Three hundred of her crew drowned.

The Plague -  Prittlewell suffered along with nearby London with the terrible impact of the plague.  St Mary's Church buried some 43 parishioners this year, the marked increase attributed to the deadly plague

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