A little bit of history
The village of Leigh was first recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as "Legra", a small fishing hamlet. Due to its good position on the shipping route to London, it began to grow and by the 16th century had become a fairly large and prosperous port. Ships of up to 340 tons are recorded as being built in Leigh, including many that would have been built for the local fishing fleets. With its location at the mouth of the Thames, Leigh was often used by the navy against threats from pirates and the French, Spanish and Dutch Navies.
Need to know
Leigh-on-Sea has now been voted the happiest place to live in the United Kingdom twice in a national annual survey conducted by Rightmove.
Leigh-on-Sea has much to offer residents and visitors alike. People travel from across the county and beyond to enjoy Leigh's shopping and culture. The bustling Broadway in Leigh-on-Sea and the up and coming Leigh Road serve residents and visitors seven days a week. Shoppers are spoilt for choice. Leigh prides itself on its abundance of independent retailers.Whether you're shopping for gifts, treating yourself or buying daily groceries, Leigh has recently become the place to be.
LEIGH-ON-SEA HAS NOW BEEN VOTED THE HAPPIEST PLACE TO LIVE IN THE UNITED KINGDOM