Prittlewell was made a Conservation Area in the year 1995 and after that outspread, since it has unique architectural and historical concern and character. Notwithstanding its decline over so many years, Prittlewell’s particular interest continues to be relevant, and priority is being set to reducing this decline, bring back its historic buildings and enhance its surroundings.
Historical Setting and Unique Interest
Until the late nineteenth century, Prittlewell and Leigh, three miles toward the west, were the main central settlements in what is presently the Borough of Southend. “South End”, initially recorded in 1481, originated in a gathering of ranchers at the southern end of the lands having a place with Prittlewell Priory. From the mid-eighteenth century, this settlement gradually created in light of an expanding freight boat exchange with London, claim development on the foreshore and particularly the new form for ocean washing. For a significant part of the nineteenth century, South End remained a little resort. Yet, from around 1870, the pace of improvement animated and before the century’s over Southend’s fast extension had absorbed the town of Prittlewell in a huge urban range.
The original finding at Prittlewell could be a sixth-century Saxon town, perhaps near the current St Mary’s Church. Which still contains part of a seventh-century curve, confirmation of a Saxon Church from which the present Church created in the twelfth century. No other over the ground confirm stays from this period however a Saxon cemetery toward the north has been found east of Priory Park.
St. Mary’s is the main church in the territory specified in the Domesday Book of 1086 and recommends
Prittlewell’s neighborhood importance. In the mid-twelfth century, land Prittlewell were given to the Cluniac Priory at Lewes to build up another priory north of Prittle Brook. A market was held in the town in the thirteenth century, confirmation of its nearby importance, and this proceeded until the late sixteenth century. Prittlewell seems to have been moderately prosperous in the mid-fifteenth to mid-sixteenth hundreds of years when there was significant building work in the town including 255 and 269-275 Victoria Avenue. Before the end of the nineteenth century and the mid-twentieth century, Southend’s fast development had overwhelmed
Prittlewell and absorbed the former town into a vast urban range. It likewise brought about the destruction of a considerable lot of the town’s medieval structures which were supplanted by Victorian, Edwardian, and later improvements.
Prittlewell’s structures today show a wide assortment of outline and materials and have no predominant engineering character. This assortment outlines to a restricted degree the development of the town from medieval times to the present and shows run of the mill materials and plans.
Further information on the history and exceptional of PrittlewellConservation Area can be seen in the Design Prittlewell Conservation Area Attribute Appraisal
Improvement in the Conservation Area
All improvements in the Conservation Area comprising extensions and alterations such as adjusting windows and roofing elements should follow the guidance set out in the Conservation Areas Dos and Donts Leaflet and the Design and Townscape Guide in particular Section 9 Historic Buildings. It is always prudent to check with the Council if devising permission is needed before offering any works to a part in the conservation area.
For those wanting to know more about the area, here is the location of Prittlewell conservation area in Southend on Sea: