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“More than just cockles”
Review of Old Leigh

Old Leigh
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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Everything you need to know about Leigh

The most westerly part of the Borough of Southend on Sea. About everything you need to know about Leigh is in the town council booklet on:-

http://www.leighonseatowncouncil.gov.uk/about/Documents/leigh-town-guide.pdf

If visiting Leigh it is a MUST to call in for a meal or at least a pint at The Peter Boat Pub, known throughout the area of Southend and which overlooks the Thames
http://eastangliapubs.com/pub/the_peterboat

As a bit of local History which actually made it to the "Silver screen" in the film "Dunkirk", is the fact that six of the these shallow draft cockleboats all with local well known Leigh fishermen, volunteered to take their vessels across to France on 31 May 1940 to help in the evacuation of troops from the beaches of Dunkirk.

These boats were normally hardly ever outside of the Thames so it was especially risky to be out in wartime in the English Channel, yet despite this, they rescued hundreds of soldiers from France and brought them home. Sadly on the final trip, the fishing boat "Renown" hit a mine and Frank & Leslie Osborne, Harry Noakes and Navel Rating Harold Graham Porter all lost their lives.

Of the six boats, "The Endeavor" still exists thanks to a lot of voluntary work and help from local organizations. The new timbers for the restoration of parts of the hull came from the oaks of nearby Belfairs woods, the rigging was traditionally made by T and S Rigging at Maldon,.and sails by North Sea Sails at Tollesbury

The boats current location can be found, together with much local news on

http://freespace.virgin.net/james_fraser.marshall/Endeavour/news.htm

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Reviewed August 28, 2013

Old Leigh is not huge, however it has a great choice of restaurants and pubs which in the summer can make for a great afternoon. However what Old Leigh is really famous for is its cockle sheds and there’s no where better for some fresh seafood!

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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Start your walk from the station car park, walk under the road and along by the boat yards, there are even cockle sheds to stop and have a little sea food if you fancy.
Carry on walking along by the waters edge as you follow the paths through old Leigh, you pass the pubs and the small stores and if you venture to go through the middle you even pass the tea garden.
You must by an ice cream as you stroll along and then reach the sand to sit and watch the world go by.

Thank Andy P
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

A real disappointment and dirty TOO, dog poo on walk to the sea on two occasions, yuk, dirty cafe's, horrendous queues, one very small sandy beach rammed pack with people, no privacy, filthy muddy water and people were in it HELP! The only plus was the view from the railway station otherwise, the worst seaside resort I've been to so far. Sorry Leigh-On-Sea, bet you were a real attraction once perhaps ?

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Reviewed August 27, 2013

Had a lovely day at the seaside with lovely old English pubs and quality sea food that didn't cost an arm and a leg!

Thank Jim W
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