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1803

Royal Visit - Princess Caroline of Brunswick (wife of the Prince Regent, afterwards George IV) visited Southend.

Home Defence - During the Napoleonic Wars it was thought that the French might attempt a landing on the north bank of the Thames Estuary. Jonas Asplin of Wakering and John Lodwick of Southend, raised and commanded a troop of volunteer cavalry and a company of infantry respectively, to resist any attempted invasion.  The military based in Southend would defend the land but come the need would 'scorch the earth' as they retreated in land.  Buildings and crops would be set alight.  Animals would be slaughtered, roads and bridges destroyed.  In the event the Napoleonic forces did not attack and moved eastwards instead.

 

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