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Grafitti That Tells a Story

March 10, 2017 8:36 PM
In Leigh & West Leigh Focus: February 2017

For over 100 years there has been a viewing platform on Cliff Parade overlooking the estuary. It stands above the disused public conveniences in Cliff Gardens. Access to the area from Cliff Parade has been fenced off as it was a danger.

The viewing area is a little gem of Leigh's history as the coping stones to the edges of the platform contain hundreds of pieces of graffiti dating back to before the Great War.

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Carole Mulroney points out the generations-old grafitti which has been saved

Cllr Carole Mulroney has been keeping an eye on what happens to the platform for years so when Southend Council decided to demolish the toilets for safety reasons, she moved quickly to ensure this historic asset was not lost in the process. And it will not be.

Although there can be no access from Cliff Parade, the stones will be replaced in a new configuration at a lower level to enable people still to enjoy the view and see the historic graffiti which has been covered in foliage for many years.

Carole says, "Leigh's historic heritage is so important. Even a humble structure like this can tell us fascinating facts about earlier times. Soon we will all be able to see them for ourselves."

This article first appeared in our February 2017 Leigh and West Leigh Focus.

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