Published as part of the Voices series, and featuring previously unpublished archive photographs of buildings, people and the fishing industry, Voices of Leigh-on-Sea has seen many changes over the past seventy years. From a small fishing village before the war, it has burgeoned into a bustling commuter town, spreading its boundaries to encompass parts of Prittlewell and Eastwood. This book comprises the memories of more than fifty people who lived and worked in Leigh between 1919 and 1970. Individually, these stories are interesting; together they create a fascinating picture of a Leigh that has long gone. Through this book you can share in the memories of those who remember the farms and country lanes that existed before the housing developments, when the fishing industry was a major employer in the town and there were only two schools. The memories recorded here offer residents a rare insight into their hometown and provide a unique historical record of a much-loved Essex village.
About the Author
Judith Williams is a long time resident of south-east Essex, and its history is her passion. She teaches an Adult Education course in Local History and gives talks to many local groups as well as running the website www.essexhistory.co.uk. Judith has previously written three books under the Phillimore & Co. imprint and Voices of Shoeburyness for The History Press in 2010. She lives in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.