Southend Timeline

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Southend Pier Completed - Southend's most iconic feature was realised in 1835 when for the first time shipping could use the pier not only for practical reasons but also to enable the growing seaside resort to offer an option to use the waters of the estuary for pleasure.  To signify its maritime importance the pier for the first time also appeared on Admiralty charts.

School Arrives in Old Leigh - Thanks to the tireless efforts of Leigh stalwart Lady Olivia Sparrow, the poor children gained a new school on Leigh Hill.  Herschell's School named after the Rev. Ridley Herschell, who had been invited to Leigh to help her raise the educational standards of the children.  The school eventually closed in 1913, but the building is still in existance now as a residential dwelling.

This image show's Herschell's Chapel School, could that be the original school bell hanging on  the wall?

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