The Prittle Brook (Early 20thC)

In early November 2013 myself, Alex Evans, Michael Clark, and Jack Swestun, headed out to walk the Prittle Brook – a stream dating back hundreds of years and in places modernized by concrete lining probably in the 1930s. After the Second World War around the time of the development of the brook a path was created alongside the Eastern end of it it going through the houses providing safe passage from Belfairs to Southend, and it features many ‘crossroads’ today and a pebble path set in late 2013. Its source is deemed to be in Hadleigh or Benfleet woods, and we met it near this in Hadleigh near Poors Lane. It disappeared into Hadleigh Great Wood with little trace but we believe we did find it as a small stream running through the leaf litter. It emerged in Leigh and continues like this up to Southend where we have not followed it any further. Eventually it goes out on the marshes near Rochford probably as a tributary into the sea.

 2011 Look at the Portion Near Dalinghurst Grove

 I and my cousin, Alex, who lives further afield in Westcliff, took a quick half-hour trip to the Prittle Brook, a tributary which runs from Benfleet to Southend. It’s concrete and sand-bag enclosure was built in the early 20th century (probably 1930s), and had a path cleared alongside it from the Belfairs to Southed section to enable safe passage without the need to cross main roads just after WW2. It is complete with endless pipes/tunnels travelling miles across underground, and goes under roads that are on average two lanes thick. It was something that simply just had to be checked out:

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