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Sir William Heygate by you.Heygate Dies - Southend is well known for the various families that helped build the town from scratch; one of these that had huge influence on Southend was the Heygate family.  Sir William Heygate who died in 1844 reached heights of notoriety in other fields including becoming an MP as well as the distinguished honour of Lord Mayor of London, on a local front he helped with the 1829 Southend Pier Bill and its promotion and passing.  The Heygate family went on into the early 20th Century as landowners including the ownership of Porters, now the Mayoral house.  Sir William Heygate is remembered today with his name on one of the latest pier trains.


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