Copies available from

The Book Inn. 49 Broadway West, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. SS9 2BX.

Leigh Heritage Centre. 8-13 High St, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. SS9 2EN.

Waterstones. 49-51 High St, Southend-on-Sea, Essex. SS1 1HZ.

Direct from Carol Edwards.

Carol Edwards thecaroledwards@gmail.com

Carol Edwards has been a freelance writer for many years. As well as writing and publishing six local history books, has had a number of articles published in various magazines as well as interviews in the local paper.


Living in the town since 1947, Carol is married with two daughters and three grandchildren.

An enthusiastic local history researcher and interviewer, I hope there will be further titles to add to her catalogue.


Listed below are her current titles:

The High Street

Southend-on-Sea

From Horse and Carriage to Trams and the Motor Car

Carol Edwards

The Life and Times of the Houseboats of Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

The photographs and memories of the houseboat dwellers, who lived on the Thames at Leigh, between the two World Wars.

Date: 2009

ISBN: 978- 0- 9562201-0-3

Seaside Entrepreneurs; Absaloms & Jaquests, Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

The story of two entrepreneurs, Henry Absalom and John Jaquest, who saw in the popularity to visit the seaside from the 1800’s, the opportunity to change their lives.

Date: 2010

ISBN: 978- 0- 9562201-1-0

Leigh Hill, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

The history and development of the highway that travels down from The Broadway to the railway line, from the 1800’s -1980’s.

Date: 2011

ISBN: 978-0- 9562201-2-7

The Old Town, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

For centuries fishermen and their families have lived and worked in Old Leigh, providing life's necessities were others who shared their space on the High Street. From the 1840's onward's there were coal merchants, butchers, grocers, drapers, a blacksmith and even a post office. Alternative employment came from the public houses, the gas works, nearby farms and the railway, which arrived in 1854. With frequent trains from London, more and more visitors came to the town in the summer and this saw an increase in the number of cafe's and restaurants to cater for their needs. Meet some of the families, not connected to fishing, who over the decades have contributed to the history of The High Street Old Leigh.

Date: 2013

ISBN: 978-0- 9562201-3-4

The Broadway, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex.

The Broadway was originally called Leigh Hall Road and when the first upmarket houses appeared in the 1800's, was no more than a dirt track. In 1888 the first shop appeared, leading to the conversion of many of the lower part of the houses to retail outlets. As the developers moved in- notably Frederick F Ramuz, who as well as buying up land, financed the building of The Grand Hotel for one Henry Choppin. Cinema's, a public house and a library were to follow.

Date: 2014

ISBN: 978-0 9562201-4-1

The High Street, Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

Built on land owned by Daniel Scratton, the Royal Hotel built in 1792 saw the area surrounding the building go on to become what we know today as The High Street. Sometimes known as Whitegate Road and Broadway. By the Edwardian period names familiar to us began to appear. Brightwells, Ravens, Garons, and Keddies. Public houses were built and with the changing times came the cinema and bus transport. This book tells the story of some of the families who helped create the history of this busy shopping area.

Date: 2016

ISBN: 978-0- 9562201-5-8

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