Southend-on-Sea in old picture postcards

Southend-on-Sea in old picture postcards

:   Stephen Pewsey
:   Essex
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-6195-4
:   144
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39 The Sunken Gardens 1952.

The transformation of the gardens into an amusement park has begun, with the building of a go-kart track, and other rides beyond.

40 Peter Pan's Playground, 1956.

The transformation into amusement park is complete, though much shrubbery and the ornamental pond in the foreground remain as reminders of the old gardens. Though many of the other rides and attractions have changed, the Crazy House, seen on the right, remains. In the background, theAlexandra Yacht Club buildings perches on the Cliffs, This is Southend's oldest yacht club, founded in 1873.

41 Western Esplanade about 1910.

Above the Cliffs stand Royal Terrace and Clifftown Parade, and the track of the Cliffs lift is just visible beyend as a gash in the chffs. This lift began hfe in 1901 as Reno 's Electric Stairway, a very early outdoor escalator. The buildings on the foreshore include steam


Wes! Beech Southend-on-See

42 Pier Pavilion from the Cliffs.

The ornamental rockeries were an attractive feature of this part of the Cliffs, which lie below the Shrubbery.

43 Never-Never Land.

After the war, the rockeries were incorporated into Never-Never Land, a children's pleasure garden, featuring characters from fairy tales and cartoons.

44 Never-Never Land.

One of the tableaux from Never-Never Land. Concealed lighting was used to clever effect to producing striking spectacles such as this gablin scene. After prolonged decline, Never-Never Land was revived in the late 1980s.



45 The Lighthouse,Western Esplanade ..

Not a reallighthouse, but it was an attractive part of the Illuminations, situated on the foreshore a little to the west of the Esplanade pub.

46 Gardens, the Cliffs.

Westdiff's Chffs, comprising same fifteen acres, are one of Southend's greatest attractions, as these views from the late 1 940s show. The Chffs themselves are natural London day eroded over millennia and today presenting gentle slopes, ideal for pleasant walks.

47 Gardens, the Cliffs

The Chffs were largely wild until1873-1875, when the ChffTower Estates syndicate began laying out paths and planting shrubs and trees. Surprisingly enough, many of the trees were donations from residents.

48 The LHy Pond, the Cliffs.

The Chffs gardens were onee deseribed as 'the pride of the Parks Department ... containing beautiful flower gardens, lawns and wooded walks'.A large floral doek was a wellknown landmark along the Chffs for many years.

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