Hi, my name is Carole Mulroney (nee Palmer - see Palmers of Leigh) and I live in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex. Check out why I love Leigh on the My Leigh Lives page
Leigh, which has recently been acclaimed as the 4th best, and second happiest, place to live in the country and the best place in Essex, is indeed a great place to live with its waterside village, vibrant town centre and an eclectic mix of restaurants and organisations catering for all ages and interests.
I am very involved in local life in Leigh but my passion is social and family history - of Leigh of course.
Through the name Palmer I am connected to nearly all the Old Leigh families in some way. My ancestors have lived in Leigh for many centuries and in their own small ways have helped to shape the town I live in today, with its wonderful historic heritage.
I have been researching my Leigh roots for over 20 years and although an amateur I have a pretty good knowledge of where to look for information. I learnt very early on that if you are descended from one of the Old Leigh families you are more or less connected to all of them. So I decided to research them all and I now have a database of over 23,000 people all connected in some way to Leigh over four centuries.
Its a great heritage and I think its time we started to celebrate these people and their lives. So through this website I will try and build a people's history of Leigh. I will be posting stories and information about Leigh and its inhabitants which I have come across during my research.
So if you have family stories, histories and photos which you would like to share and enhance our knowledge of Leigh and its people please get in touch. I am a member of the Leigh Society and a Trustee of Leigh Heritage Centre and we are keen to record as much of Leigh's family and social history as possible.
If you are not from Leigh but have Leigh connections I want to hear from you too - where did your family go from Leigh? Is there an interesting story to tell? All contributions will be fully accredited.
I am happy to help anyone tracing their family history in Leigh on a sharing basis, and have access to many records, and to display requests for information from researchers.
I hope you enjoy the website and contribute if you can.
For queries or to contribute to Leigh Lives please email