Facts about Prittlewell
Only a small proportion of the historical village of Prittlewell remains standing; the ruins and standing remain of the Priory, visible in Priory Park; St. Mary’s Church; A building recently restored following fire damage, though more recently a bakery and now an estate agent appropriately named Tudor Estates; as well as a number of public houses, the most famous of which is the Blue Boar. This is famous for being where Southend United F.C. was formed, however, the building that currently stands there is of Victorian construction, as the original building was destroyed by fire. Since 1955, Prittlewell has been the home to Southend United F.C. at their ground Roots Hall and has been since the 1960s home to a weekly market which takes place on a Thursday.
The Roman occupation began to influence the area with the construction of a Roman-style dwelling, probably a farmhouse or villa, close to the brook in what is now Priory Park. The introduction of new ideas, new skills and social structures under this Roman influence would have brought significant change to the area. The discovery of Roman burial sites during road and rail construction in the 1920s and 1930s indicated that the settlement was well developed and of some significance, although no prominent buildings were preserved.