infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= Leigh-on-Sea
latitude= 51.5425
longitude= 0.6535
population = 20,737
unitary_england= Southend-on-Sea
lieutenancy_england = Essex
region= East of England
constituency_westminster= Southend West
post_town= LEIGH-ON-SEA
dial_code= 01702
os_grid_reference= TQ841859

Leigh-on-Sea is a civil parish administered as part of Southend-on-Sea, in Essex, England. In 1996, it became a civil parish, and a town council was created, funded by an increased council tax rate in the area. The parish, which is the only one in Southend, had a population of 20,737 according to the 2001 census.

Leigh-on-Sea was recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Legra, where it is described as a "one horse town". Located next to the sea, Leigh has been primarily a fishing village for most of its history. However, its sheltered position at the mouth of the Thames gave it some success as a port, with international trade and a shipbuilding business. The Mayflower may have been built in Leigh-on-Sea; it was certainly fitted out thereFact|date=September 2007

The arrival of the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway in 1854 spurred the town's development, allowing greater trade with London and the rest of the world, and making it a commuter town for London workers. Leigh-on-Sea railway station is run and served solely by c2c.

The regatta is held over one weekend in September. It is organised by the three Sea Scout Groups based in the Old Town to raise funds for local Scouting and a nominated charity. Leigh-on-Sea holds an annual Art Trail where local and invited international artists show their works in the area's shops and cafes. In recent years, Leigh-on-Sea has become home to an increasing number of upmarket bars, cafés, restaurants, art galleries and shops such as Bang & Olufsen.

Leigh-on-Sea is the setting of Tim Bowler's book "Midget". Further literary connections include the fact that John Fowles was born here in 1926 - the author of such novels as 'The Collector', 'The Magus, and 'The French Lieutenant's Woman'.

The Evening Standard newspaper, issued on August 11, 2007 named Leigh-On-Sea the second best place to live within the South-East of England, after Christchurch.

Notable Persons

Vivian Stanshall - Artist/Musician
Trevor Bailey - Ex-England Cricket Captain
Phil Cornwell - Comedian/Impressionist
Tina Cousins - Singer
John Fowles - Author
Phill Jupitus - Television Presenter/Comedian
Dominic Littlewood - Television Presenter
David Lloyd - Tennis Player/Businessman
John Lloyd - Tennis Player/Commentator
Hannah Tointon - Actress
Kara Tointon - Actress
Steve Wright - Radio Presenter
Lee Stafford - Celebrity Hairdresser
These New Puritans - Rock Group


External links

* [http://www.essexinfo.net/leigh-on-sea/ Leigh-on-Sea Town Council]
* [http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/news/article-23407960-details/Christchurch+is+the+town+rated+perfection-on-sea/article.do 1 Evening Standard article Leigh on Sea 2nd]

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