In 1870-72, John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales described South Shoebury like this:
SHOEBURY (South), a parish in Rochford district, Essex; on the coast, opposite the Nore, and 3 miles ESE of Southend r. station. It contains Shoebury-Fort, which has a post-office under Southend. Acres, 5,150; of which 4,140 are water. Real property, £2,170. Pop. in 1851, 158; in 1861, 1,502,-of whom 394 were in the artillery barracks. Houses, 140. The increase of pop. arose partly from the erection of the artillery barracks, and partly from the opening of a large brickfield. The manor belongs to R. Bristow, Esq. Traces exist of a Danish camp, formed in 894; and some Roman weapons have been found. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Rochester. Value, £400.* Patron, R.. Bristow, Esq. The church is ancient, has been recently restored, and has a flint tower. Charities, £7.
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GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of South Shoebury, in Southend on Sea and Essex | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.
Date accessed: 14th February 2016
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