City of Southend-on-Sea
Per Mare Per Ecclesiam (By sea, by church)
|• Total||16.12 sq mi (41.76 km2)|
It was built in 1790s when the Grand Hotel (now Royal Hotel) was made. It had a decline in 1960’s. On 15 October, 2021, Sir David Amess, the MP was killed in the church. Three days later, the Prime Minister and the Queen told them it would become a city. It became a city on 1 March, 2022.
The Pier change
Southend is known for the longest pier in United Kingdom. The pier is 2,158 meters (1.34 miles) long. It has a railway line that runs to the pier head. It had been badly damaged by big fires five times in 1959, 1976, 1977, 1995 and 2005. It was made in 1830 as wood which had to be longer three times. It had turned to a iron pier in 1889. Near that, there are arcades, two hotels, casinos and a theme park with rides called Adventure Island.
Southend has ten railway stations. Two are the biggest and both found near the centre.