Southend-on-Sea is located in Essex, about 40 miles from London. This seaside resort was comprised of two villages during the late 19th century. These villages were Prittlewell and Leigh-on-Sea. Both villages are still in existence. Prittlewell is now known as Priory Park while Leigh-on-Sea is also in existence. The town today takes its name from the famous landmark that expanded the resort area, Southend Pier. During the mid-20th century day trippers from all parts of London would come down on the train to enjoy a day at the resort. Today, Southend-on-Sea still offers many amusements and opportunities for relaxation.
Southend on Sea is a seaside resort that is located within the eastern part of England. Southend on Sea has been granted Borough status and it forms part of Essex, which is a ceremonial county. The town is located about forty miles east of the centre of London and on the north side of the Thames Estuary. The town is bordered by Rochdale to the north and Castle Point to the north. Southend on Sea is twinned with the seaside resort of Sopot that is located in Poland.
During the Georgian era Southend on Sea became classed a seaside resort. The town is located close to London and access can be made by using a train and this has meant that tourism is a very big market within the town.
The pier within the resort of Southend on Sea is one of the largest piers and it is about 1.34 miles long. The pier has suffered from ship collisions and fires and the most recent was in October of 2005.
Since the 1960's there has been a decline in the popularity of seaside resorts, therefore so much of the centre was developed to deal with the world of commerce. This development has meant that a vast amount of the features and structures had to be destroyed.
The main employers within the town of Southend on Sea are the Revenue and Customs and the central offices for collection of tax. The University of Essex opened a campus in Southend on Sea and this brought a major boost to the economy of Southsea.