infobox UK place
country = England
region= East of England
constituency_westminster= Southend West
Westcliff-on-Sea is a
villageand seaside resortin the south-east of Englandwithin the borough and unitary authorityof Southend-on-Seain Essex. It is situated on the northern side of the mouth of the Thames Estuaryand about 34 miles (55 km) east of London.
London, Tilbury and Southend Railwayline arrived in the 1880s, connecting the town with London and shortening travel time to and from that city. Westcliff railway stationin Station Road is now managed by c2c.
Along the top of the cliffs are spectacular views over the Thames Estuary towards the distant
Kentcoastline. The shingle and pebbles along the stretch of beach have been covered with imported sand. Not far from the Royal Mews are the Prittlewell Squaregardens and farther along is the Beecroft Art Galleryin Station Road, which is just opposite the famous Cliffs Pavilionand its variety acts. In London Road is the Palace Theatre and a wide range of restaurants, including the world famous 'Khyber Pass' restaurant, while the New Empire Theatre is in Alexandra Street.
The main shopping area in Westcliff-on-Sea is Hamlet Court Road. The economic recessions of the 1980s and 1990s saw the area decline. However the road underwent a £1 million regeneration in the early 2000s to bring back some of its former glory with many restaurants, boutiques, antique shops and speciality stores opening up.
Westcliff-on-Sea is also home to the
Thames Estuary Yacht Cluband the Westcliff Casino, which is the largest provincial casinoand the second largest in Great Britain.
Hotels include the Erlsmere in Pembury Road, the Welbeck, a Victorian building in Palmerston Road, and the Westcliff in Westcliff Parade.
Trevor Bailey( England cricket teamtest cricketer)
Emma Chambers(actress; attended St Bernard's school in the town)
Dick Clement( writer)
Barry Cooper (musicologist)
John Hutton (Labour MP)Defence Secretary
Rupert Keegan( racing driver)
Daniel Lee( writer)
Helen Mirren(actress; attended St Bernard's school in the town)
*Michael Wilding (
Bernard Williams( philosopher)
Benjamin Grosvenor( pianist)
Scroobius Pip( spoken word artist)
International Rap Superstar/Porn Director)
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