Published privately by the author in 2009, 65 pages. (N4379P1)
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Leigh on Sea is a small town that lies adjacent to Southend on the Essex coast, and in times gone past it was an important fishing port, with a vibrant community that relied on the sea. In the period immeadiately after the First World War it also provided moorings for a great number of houseboats - boats permenantly moored and beached alongside the town where people and families lived.
These Houseboats survived from around 1920 to the late 1940's, when the local council (the Southend Corporation) was successful in forcibly removing the houseboats from the area. This book provides a fascinating history of the Houseboats and the people who lived in them, and is illustrated throughout with lots of black and white photographs. It collects together the memories of people who actually lived aboard the boats, as well as children whose parents had lived and grown up on them, and together these personal accounts and reminiscences provide a wonderful insight into what life was like living on the houseboats at Leigh all those years ago....