Carol Edwards has been a freelance writer for many years. As well as writing and publishing seven 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:

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

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

Hamlet Court Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex.

Following the construction of the Queens Hotel near Westcliff train station in 1899, the development of Hamlet Court Road was soon urbanised with large impressive Edwardian houses. Many of the residents were commuters to London. It soon became obvious there was a need to provide every day amenities from grocers to ladies and gentleman’s clothing. Barbers, hairdressers, and in the 1900s names now well known, such as Barclays Bank, Havens, Smerdons, Garons and R A Jones. There were so many less well known names who contributed to the success of the road. Some of the beautiful architecture reminds us of Hamlet Courts wonderful history.

Date: 2018

ISBN: 978-0- 9562201-8-9



Collection of Old Time Photos + Amateur Home Cine Film on the Seafront at Southend-on-Sea


Collection of Old Time Photos of Southend-on-Sea

Railway Bridge Removal Photos from the High Street


Bridge High St


Old Photos of the Civic Centre  Southend-on-Sea

Civic Centre

Old Photos of the Cemetery North Road Southend-on-Sea

North Rd Cemetery

Old Photos of Peter Pans Playground Southend-on-Sea

Peter Pans Playground

Old Photos of Pier Hill & Seafront + Amateur Home Cine Film Southend-on-Sea

Pier Hill & Seafront

Old Photos of Priory Park Southend-on-Sea

Priory Park

Old Photos of Queensway



Victoria Avenue

Old Photos of Victoria Avenue Southend-on-Sea

Victoria Circus - High Street

Old Photos of Victoria Circus-High Street + Amateur Home Cine Film Southend-on-Sea

Old Town Centre Maps of


Southend Maps

The Changing Face of Southend-on-Sea Public Information Booklet

Changing Face of Southend

Profiling Carol Edwards

Local Author

Carol Edwards

Southend Waterworks Co

Old Photos of The Southend Waterworks Co/Essex Water Co Southend-on-Sea + Amateur Home Cine Film at Langford

Mixed Collection of Town Photos from 2000 onwards


21st Century Southend-on-Sea

Old Town Photos of Southend

Collection of Old Town Photos from Categories in


Old Photos + Amateur Home Cine Film of the Carnival Southend-on-Sea


Old Photos  of the The Pier + Amateur Home Cine Film



Old Town Photos of The Royals Shopping Centre & High St Southend-on-Sea

Photos by Craig Smith

Royals Shopping Centre & High St

Victoria Shopping Centre

Old Photos of Victoria Shopping Centre Southend-on-Sea

Profiling Roy Dilley

Local Author & Cinema Enthusiast

Roy Dilley

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