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Reply Southend Timeline
12:47 PM on May 21, 2017 
Firstly Thank you to all the positive comments, it is very much appreciated.

Secondly To person who recently posted (these have been deleted due to the use of s swear word)

The Southend Timeline is:

Run by ONE person,
It is maintained by ONE person,
It is paid for by ONE person.
That ONE person is a primary car provider and has his own health to worry about.

Recently the host server altered the build software which altered EVERY page, each and everyone needs to be restructured, the top menu has been restricted to how you see it now, previously I was able to have many more clickable menus displayed, until I can find fund and redesign the whole website it has to be presented in this way.
Reply Mike Mansfield
3:46 PM on February 24, 2017 
Fabulous piece of work. Well done. A fascinating and compelling read for a local!
Reply Jason Rose
6:14 AM on February 14, 2017 
Fantastic site, it's been an immeasurable help to me whilst researching Southend's aviation history, and pointed me in the right direction for other sources. Thank you for providing this excellent service!
Reply John Davison
3:57 AM on January 31, 2016 
I was a pupil at Bournemouth Park School from 1949 to 1955. I remember us being taken on a trip to Prince Avenue- must have been early 50's- to a visit there by the composer Vaughan Williams. I have not been able find any reference to his visit in any archive. I wonder, does anyone else remember the visit, or know if any photos of the event exist?
Reply pr
2:43 PM on January 24, 2016 
John Lawrie says...
I stumbled across your site on a general google search and its been a pleasure to browse through. I grew up in Thorpe Bay and lived there from 1963 - 1980 going to school in Sacred Heart Primary in Southchurch, then St Thomas Mores in Westcliff. You are doing a great job and it brings back many memories for me. I still visit now and again but its slowly changing as it must and its nice to remind myself what it was like when I lived there. Terrific stuff - thanks. Got more material on Thorpe Bay? All the v.best.


I have a funny feeling, you and I was at school together in the 60's 'Sacred Heart ! I seem to remember something about TB and your brother?

Drop me an email [email protected]and i will get back to you ' you won't recognise me from my name or email address "
Reply Helen Batten
6:24 AM on October 6, 2015 
I am researching a book about Ann Smith (later known as Ann Naysmith). She was born in Southend in 1937 and I believe she grew up here. I was wondering if anyone has any information about her childhood?
Reply Anne Loveridge
2:51 AM on August 31, 2015 
I am the Grand-daughter of Sir Albert Martin. Former Mayor of Southend 1931 and the daughter of Betty Martin Mayoress of Southend
Reply ron
2:13 AM on August 19, 2015 
It will be 71 years since the SS Richard Montgomery sank off sheerness on 20 august 2015.
The wreck is safe to clear but not to leave beginning to break up becoming more dangerous every day.
Could this be the reason nobody has done anything about it. Only a matter of time.

The normalcy bias, or normality bias, refers to a mental state people enter when facing a disaster. It causes people to underestimate both the possibility of a disaster occurring and its possible effects. This may result in situations where people fail to adequately prepare for a disaster, and on a larger scale, the failure of governments to include the populace in its disaster preparations.
?The assumption that is made in the case of the normalcy bias is that since a disaster never has occurred then it never will occur. It can result in the inability of people to cope with a disaster once it occurs. People with a normalcy bias have difficulties reacting to something they have not experienced before. People also tend to interpret warnings in the most optimistic way possible, seizing on any ambiguities to infer a less serious situation.
Reply Sandie
8:00 PM on August 13, 2015 
Really interesting website. I was born in Rochford in the sixties, and have just discovered after his passing that my partner's father was also born there in 1938. His father (partner's grandfather) William Marshall was apparently a tailor ...is there anywhere online that I can see trade directories for the 1930s in an attempt to find him? Thanks
Reply Alan Stanier
6:22 PM on January 23, 2015 
I am investigating the family legend that says that my grandmother, Mabel Read, was at one time the Women's Fencing Champion of Essex. She lived in Southend from about 1898 until 1920. Can anyone shed any light on this? Were there any fencing clubs in Southend then?
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