The Southend Timeline takes a look back at the fascinating history of Southend-on-Sea. Designed as a 'discover and explore' website, the more you click the more you discover. You can travel in time from yesterday to the earliest of years of the town. If you lived in Southend or used to visit on your holidays why not spend some time to reminisce, check facts, or enjoy the longer features that will surprise you about the history of this small corner of Eastern England.
Southend Timeline Update: 2016 diary updated (Sunday 1st January 2017)
Southend Timeline Update: 2017: Diary Page Added (Sunday 1st January 2017)
A Jones Clock has been a landmark of our town since they first appeared in 1890. It has watched over our High Street for over a century since it was a thoroughfare teeming with horse drawn vehicles to the pedestrianised space of today.
One of Jones’s clocks was lost during WW2, but its replacement was soon erected and remained in place until last year, when it started to crumble and was removed for safety reasons.
Most importantly, it represents its owner Robert Arthur Jones: a business man and philanthropist who served our town tirelessly and was Southend’s greatest benefactor. After his death in 1925, his shoes were filled by his son Edward Cecil.
The Jones family deserve to be recognised by the people of the town who have benefited from their generosity. Amongst the gifts that the Jones family gave to the people of Southend were Prittlewell Priory and Park, Victory Sports Ground and Jones Memorial Ground.
What would our town be like but for them?
This year being the 125th Anniversary of the Borough and also the Centenary of Mr. Jones’s gift of Priory Park to the people of Southend, makes this a prime time to act and the perfect tribute would be restoring the clock and having back in its rightful place.
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