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1846

The Pier Extends - The pier finally achieved it's maximum length in 1846, at a mile and a quarter.  Complete with horse drawn tramway. 

Literary Society is Born - At a time when reading was the key form of personal entertainment, it was no surprise that the forming of the Southend Literary Society was much welcomed.  The Society has already a valuable library of about 1400 volumes, and occupies a neat building on the cliff, with semi-circular front and a spacious reading room, well supplied with London and provincial newspapers, popular periodicals, etc. Mr. W.R. Warwick is the honorary secretary.

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