Shoeburyness

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Shoeburyness
Shoeburyness east-beach.jpg
Shoebury East Beach
Shoeburyness is located in Essex
Shoeburyness
Shoeburyness
Shoeburyness shown within Essex
Population 11,159 (2011 Census)[1]
OS grid reference TQ941851
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town SOUTHEND-ON-SEA
Postcode district SS3
Dialling code 01702
Police Essex
Fire Essex
Ambulance East of England
EU Parliament East of England
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Essex
51°31′54″N 0°47′52″E / 51.5316°N 0.7978°E / 51.5316; 0.7978Coordinates: 51°31′54″N 0°47′52″E / 51.5316°N 0.7978°E / 51.5316; 0.7978

Shoeburyness (also called Shoebury) is a town in southeast Essex, England, at the mouth of the Thames Estuary. It is within the borough of Southend-on-Sea, situated at its far east, around 3 miles (5 km) east of Southend town centre. It was an urban district of Essex from 1894 to 1933, when it became part of the county borough of Southend-on-Sea.[2] It was once a garrison town and still acts as host to MoD Shoeburyness.

Description

Auxiliary Territorial Service (ATS) girls at the Royal Artillery Experimental Unit, at Shoeburyness, using the Window Position Finder to sight shell bursts in the air or water, 1943.

The eastern terminus of the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway (c2c line) is at Shoeburyness railway station, services run to London Fenchurch Street in the city of London. The eastern end of the A13 is at Shoeburyness. The MoD Shoeburyness site at Pig's Bay is situated nearby and the facility is run by the company QinetiQ.[3]

Shoeburyness has two beaches: East Beach and Shoebury Common Beach (also known as West Beach), both Blue Flag beaches.[4]

East Beach is a sandy/pebbly beach around a quarter of a mile long and is sandwiched between the Pig's Bay MoD site and the former Shoeburyness Artillery barracks. Access to the large gravel/grass pay-and-display car park is via Rampart Terrace. East Beach is the site of a defence boom, built in 1944, to prevent enemy shipping and submarines from accessing the River Thames.[5] This replaced an earlier, similar boom built 100 yards (91 m) east. The majority of the boom was dismantled after the war, but around one mile still remains, stretching out into the Thames Estuary. East Beach benefits from a large grassy area immediately adjacent to the sands, which is suitable for informal sports and family fun.[citation needed]

Shoeburyness is where, during the Second World War, a magnetic ground mine, which was deposited in the mud at the mouth of the Thames by the Luftwaffe, was discovered by the MoD. Up until that time, various sinkings of ships around the English coast were thought to be due to U-boat torpedoes. The discovery of the ground mine allowed countermeasures to be introduced to neutralise the weapon's effect; one of these was the degaussing cables installed in merchant ships in Allied and British fleets, and of course the wooden minesweepers.[6]

Shoebury Common Beach is bounded to the east by the land formerly occupied by the Shoeburyness Artillery barracks and continues into Jubilee Beach. Shoebury Common Beach is the site of many beach huts located on both the promenade and the beach. A Coast Guard watch tower at the eastern end of the beach keeps watch over the sands and mudflats while listening out for distress calls over the radio. A cycle path skirts around the sea-front linking the East Beach to Shoebury Common Beach, and thence into Southend and a number of other towns, including Leigh-on-Sea.[citation needed]

In popular culture

Shoeburyness Fisherman Hailing a Whitstable Hoy by J. M. W. Turner, 1809

The English painter J. M. W. Turner depicted the fishermen of Shoeburyness in his oil painting Shoeburyness Fishermen Hailing a Whitstable Hoy. The painting was exhibited in 1809, and was part of a series Turner made of the Thames estuary between 1808 and 1810. The painting has been in the collection of the National Gallery of Canada since 1939.[7][8]

In the fifth Temeraire novel Victory of Eagles, Shoeburyness is the setting of a fictitious climactic battle in which Wellesley and Nelson drive Napoleon out of England in early 1808.[9]

Shoeburyness is home to "the commuter", protagonist in the eponymous song and music video by Ceephax Acid Crew.[10]

Climate

Climate data for Shoeburyness, Essex 1981–2010
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 7.5
(45.5)
7.6
(45.7)
10.3
(50.5)
12.8
(55)
16.0
(60.8)
19.3
(66.7)
22.0
(71.6)
22.0
(71.6)
19.1
(66.4)
15.1
(59.2)
10.7
(51.3)
7.9
(46.2)
14.19
(57.54)
Average low °C (°F) 2.4
(36.3)
1.9
(35.4)
3.5
(38.3)
5.1
(41.2)
8.0
(46.4)
10.9
(51.6)
13.3
(55.9)
13.4
(56.1)
11.4
(52.5)
8.7
(47.7)
5.2
(41.4)
2.9
(37.2)
7.23
(45)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 42.3
(1.665)
32.1
(1.264)
34.4
(1.354)
38.0
(1.496)
42.8
(1.685)
41.0
(1.614)
39.1
(1.539)
44.5
(1.752)
42.8
(1.685)
59.9
(2.358)
52.3
(2.059)
45.8
(1.803)
515
(20.274)
Average rainy days 9.5 8.0 8.6 8.4 8.0 8.0 6.9 6.9 7.6 10.0 10.0 9.4 101.3
Source: Met Office[11]

Notable people

  • Tony Holland, (18 January 1940 – 28 November 2007), screenwriter for the BBC

References

  1. ^ "Southend Ward population 2011". Retrieved 21 September 2015. 
  2. ^ Shoeburyness UD Essex through time | Administrative history of Local Government District: hierarchies, boundaries
  3. ^ "MOD Shoeburyness". Qinetiq. Retrieved 12 March 2016. 
  4. ^ "Blue flags awarded to a dozen sunny Anglia beaches". ITV News. Retrieved 2017-05-31. 
  5. ^ Gordon, Dee (2014-02-03). The Secret History of Southend-on-Sea. History Press. p. 84. ISBN 9780750955454. 
  6. ^ Simpson, James (2014-11-23). "How Britain Beat Germany’s Magnetic Sea Mines". War Is Boring. Retrieved 2017-05-31. 
  7. ^ National Gallery of Canada – Shoeburyness Fishermen Hailing a Whitstable Hoy, before 1809. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  8. ^ tate.org.uk – Shoeburyness Fisherman Hailing a Whitstable Hoy ('The Pilot Boat'; 'The Red Cap'). Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  9. ^ "The Temeraire Reread: Victory of Eagles". Tor.com. 2016-05-18. Retrieved 2017-05-31. 
  10. ^ "The Commuter" by Ceephax Acid Crew (2010).
  11. ^ "Shoeburyness Climatic Averages 1981–2010". Met Office. Retrieved 23 December 2012. 

External links

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