a reply to: ccbears
I live in Shoeburyness, part of the Borough of Southend-On-Sea, which is in the county of Essex in England. As you can tell from the
title, it is a sea side town, and is situated on the north shore of the Thames Estuary, the estuary of the River Thames, which also cuts through
London. This town has been settled since the 1100s, and grew up around fishing, due to access to both river fishing, sea fishing, and shellfish all in
a fairly small area.
It is the site of the burial of a Saxon king, so it's historical importance, while not widely recognised, is none the less a matter of record. The
town became famous nationwide during the Victorian period, as a holiday destination, taking advantage of the seaside views to attract guests. As it
became more popular in this regard over time, attractions were installed, including a venue called the Kursaal, which hosted many famous acts,
including a Wall of Death motorcycle stunt show.
Nowadays the day trippers are still in evidence during the summer, but the attractions have changed. There is a theme park, and the Kursaal now
contains a bowling alley and an amusement arcade, the arcade being just one of about a dozen that are dotted the length of Marine Parade, which is a
road which covers the stretch of ocean road where all the amusements and seafront pubs are situated.
The town also has a campus of the University of Essex, just off the high street, roughly in the middle of town, close to which is a stunning new
public library and art and culture centre, called The Forum. The high street contains the usual mix of shopping venues, with one miniature mall,
called the Royals at the sea front end of the street, and Victoria Plaza at the other. Betwixt these there are yet more shops, banks and the like.
The town is served by the Fenchurch Street, and Liverpool Street train lines from London. I live three miles from town centre, and less than a mile
from the local military testing range, which means that I am very familiar with the distant sound of heavy artillery fire!