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Latitude: 51° 32'N
Longitude: 00° 40'E
About Leigh-on-SeaThe first written mention of Leigh-on-Sea is in the Domesday Book, where it is referred to as Legra. It is thought that earlier the Saxons referred to it simply as a ‘lee’, or forest clearing.
Having begun as a fishing village, Leigh flourished from the middle of the 14th century, thanks to being within easy reach of London and the Continent. It was to grow into a significant port - by the middle of the 16th century it was the home port of 31 deep-sea ships with 261 crew. Today there is still a thriving shellfish industry and the cockle sheds in the Old Town attract numerous visitors.
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