Shopping! Jul 09, 2010
I have grown up in and around Leigh-on-sea and love it to bits. One of the more noticeable changes over the years has been the increase in fashion clothing shops which vary from fairly cheap to designer. It is an ideal place to find a non high street outfit. There is also a wide selection of places selling really nice things for the home, most of these also stock good ranges of jewellery so definitely worth a look even if you are short on bag space!
Join TravBuddy to leave comments, meet new friends and share travel tips!
Exploring Leigh-On-Sea Jul 31, 2009
Crusty old boats with crusty old sailors may not sound like the ideal location to explore, but bare with me here. Leigh has been a fishing village for a millenia, with the place being recorded in the doomsday book. There are a few tales of hidden passageways which are more likely just cargo tunnels, but one old story is true. The church which sits above the Old Leigh highstreet supposedly had a old witch burried in the graveyard. As a result of noone liking her, the pirates and various other men of the sea, sharpened their swords on her gravestone, of which is still visible to this day.
There are two parts of Leigh, theres the old highstreet up the hill which overlooks the sea, and there is the older 'old' leigh highstreet, which for an unknown length of time has served the fishermen and other craft that moored there.
To the locals Old leigh is most known for its cockle sheds. These places sell fresh fish and shell fish. Many of it is ready to eat and tastes great! Fresh ocean pinks or Cray fish soaked in vinegar go down a treat with a cold pint on a hot summers day.
I have however lived in the southend and leigh area my entire life, however I have never tried the supposed traditional food for Essex. If your brave enough ask for a Jellied Eel. (Actually please dont!)
Talking of cold pints on a hot summers day, its obvious that this was a sailors and fishermans village. There are four pubs in Old Leigh. Considering Old Leigh highstreet is no longer than 1/4 of a mile, thats some alchoholic town.
Pubs down there are the The (Ye Olde) Smack, The Peterboat, The Crooked Billet and The Ship. They are all welcoming as they rely on tourism now to stay open. I wouldnt have gone in a few hundred years ago though!
Other than that there is a fish and chip shop which is ok, and the usual rock shop. Most the pubs serve food during the day, and there is a few cafe's, a visitors centre and a shop that sells nik-naks. There is also an art gallery - but its not all that. There is a small bit of sand, but its not really a good idea to lay there since thats where boats are put into the water.
Old Leigh is easy to get to by train as it has a train station on the C2C line from London.
If you fancy a walk, if you go up the hill away from the train station heading west, near the top there is a hilly path that goes all the way to Hadleigh castle. The castle was built in the 1300's, but was pulled down after it was no longer needed to use the materials for building other buildings. The parts that remained are now mainly scattered down the eroding hill. One of the towers still stands tall over looking Southend and the Thames.
Related Travel Blogs About Leigh-on-Sea
Sky Road |
Another yummy breakfast at our hotel. A great way to start the day, especially when the handsome proprietor comes to your table and says, "Why, this must be three sisters traveling together."&n…sea. Leigh felt really, really bad on this particular day, but she was a trooper and managed to take…