Alexandra Club Gets its Sails - 1878 was a significant year for the Alexandra Club when it was suggested by a Mr William Brighten that it should become a sailing club. The club was originally established in 1873 and took up rooms in Alexandra Street; so the suggestion would lead the club to taking up new premises to its current site clinging onto the slope above Western Esplanade.
Town Crier Cried Off - Southend like most towns of this era employed a town crier to provide news and announce events happening. However, this year the official Town Crier was stricken with gout and unable to perform his duties.
Oldest Esplanade Completed - From Pier Hill to the Kursaal, the oldest part of the esplanade along Marine Parade was completed in 1878.