Westcliff-on-Sea


Westcliff-on-Sea

infobox UK place
country = England
official_name= Westcliff-on-Sea
latitude= 51.5359
longitude= 0.6970
population =
unitary_england= Southend-on-Sea
lieutenancy_england=Essex
region= East of England
constituency_westminster= Southend West
post_town= WESTCLIFF-ON-SEA
postcode_district= SS0
postcode_area=SS
dial_code= 01702
os_grid_reference= TQ865855

Westcliff-on-Sea is a village and seaside resort in the south-east of England within the borough and unitary authority of Southend-on-Sea in Essex. It is situated on the northern side of the mouth of the Thames Estuary and about 34 miles (55 km) east of London.

The London, Tilbury and Southend Railway line arrived in the 1880s, connecting the town with London and shortening travel time to and from that city. Westcliff railway station in Station Road is now managed by c2c.

Along the top of the cliffs are spectacular views over the Thames Estuary towards the distant Kent coastline. The shingle and pebbles along the stretch of beach have been covered with imported sand. Not far from the Royal Mews are the Prittlewell Square gardens and farther along is the Beecroft Art Gallery in Station Road, which is just opposite the famous Cliffs Pavilion and 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 Club and the Westcliff Casino, which is the largest provincial casino and 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.

Notable people

*Trevor Bailey (England cricket team test cricketer)
*Dorothea Bate (archaeozoologist)
*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 (actor)
*Bernard Williams (philosopher)
*Benjamin Grosvenor (pianist)
*Scroobius Pip (spoken word artist)
*Gish (International Rap Superstar/Porn Director)


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