for the Village of South Shoebury, EssexA miscellany of pictures and data arising out of research into the KIRBY's family trees (but not all linked to them). This is a work in progress so please treat the data with appropriate caution.
For related information see www.the-kirbys.org.uk
and Wills Index
Background on the area, including pictures and a general
may all be found on the South
Shoebury Parish web site.
The shore is lined
for many yards with unusual stilted beach huts.
There were there in the early 1960s when I used to visit as a lad. They
were still going strong when I visited in 2005.
A strip of low grassy land follows the shore from Thorpe Bay eastward
to the prominent local landmark of Shore House. beyond that lies army
White's Directory of 1848 describes the village, the text may be found
at History House.
In the 1850s Shoebury's fortunes changed. The Army
opened a garrison and a rail link to London arrived. You can find more
on the history of the Garrison at the site for the 36th Heavy Air Defence
With the ending of the Crimean War in 1854 the Garrison became
permanent and was used for testing. In 1862 an act of parliament was
passed to appropriate land for the army ranges and the army became a
long term fixture. The prosperity of the area must
surely have improved as a result.
The KIRBY family
KIRBY (chr. 1790-1877), ag. lab., is listed in the 1841
Census as aged 50 and living at Well House, South Shoebury, Essex. In
1851 he was still at Well House, but by 1861 he had moved to Shore
House, South Shoebury, where he was listed again in 1871.
Some of the KIRBY families from Great Wakering,
Essex, had offshoots in South Shoebury.
A selection of links to other
sites with information about this place
Any transcripts and images on this page are Copyright R I Kirby 2008
unless stated otherwise.