"LEIGH-ON-SEA" Leigh-on-Sea by marsistanbul
Leigh-on-Sea Travel Guide: 32 reviews and 56 photos
Leigh-on-Sea is the furthest point west in the borough of Southend.Famous for its traditional fishing village roots,fishing remains important to the town but Leigh has gradually expanded to also encompass a thriving art community and cosmopolitan cafe culture..
On the banks of the Estuary itself you will find Old Leigh,the fishing and boat building port of days gone by.With its lovely sandy beach at the Bell Whart,narrow cobbled High street and picturesque rows of fisherman's cottages.Old Leigh has retained its historic appeal.Home to many fresh seafood stalls,character pubs,cafes and an exclusive contemporary restaurant,there are plenty of places where you can have a drink or meal and watch the world go by.Many establishments have outside decking and garden areas too,so you can enjoy the fresh sea air and wonderful Estuary views..
Over the railway line and a short journey up the hill,you will find Leigh Broadway with its wealth of art galleries,studios and independent shops,the ideal place for a relaxing stroll.
Steeped in history and tradition whilst embracing contemporary culture,Leigh-on-Sea is one of the most beautiful spots along the Southend coastline.
The town prospered from fishing and boat-building for hundreds of years and beetween the 15th and 17th centuries,was one of the most important ports in England,with much of London's trade with France and the Low Countries carried on ships registered in Leigh.
In 1588,at the time of the Spanish Armada,Leigh was an important naval base where armed forces were stationed to protect the seaport.Walking through Old Leigh you will find many points of historical interest including Strand Wharf,the oldest surviving part of the town,where the Mayflower is said to have moored in 1620 before setting sail for the New World.
In more recent times,the important role played by the boat owners and people of Leigh in rescuing thousands of troops from the beaches of Dunkirk in 1940 is marked by plaques,flags and memorial at St.Clements Church.One of the Leigh fishing boats used in the evecuation.
To learn more about the town's natural heritage,fishing industry roots and history,pay a visit to Leigh Heritage Centre.
In 2008 music and dance will join together for the 17th Leigh Folk Festival in June(26th-29th June 2008),a perennial... more travel advice
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