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Red Sails over the Estuary

Prittlewell Priory
11.00 am to 4.00 pm

Access Facilities:

  • Accessible Car Parking
  • Accessible Toilet
  • Wheelchair Accessible

You would be hard pressed to find a historic view of the Essex, Suffolk or North Kent coast without a Thames sailing barge depicted somewhere in it.
Hundreds of these red sailed beauties have plied their trade up and down south-east England’s coastline and estuaries and beyond to mainland Europe, for the best part of three centuries.
As well as farmers’ crops, the barges carried numerous other cargoes such as coal, coke and sand. As towns like Southend expanded, Thames barges delivered all the necessary materials to help build the infrastructure of a modern community, as efficiently and as economically as possible. A Thames sailing barge could carry up to 50,000 bricks in a single cargo.
This Heritage Lottery funded exhibition, created by the Thames Barge Trust in partnership with Southend Museums Service tells the story of the Thames sailing barges and their association with Southend.

The exhibition will be held in Priory Visitor Centre opposite Prittlewell Priory.

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