Southend-on-Sea in old picture postcards

Southend-on-Sea in old picture postcards

:   Stephen Pewsey
:   Essex
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-6195-4
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49 The Cliffs Shelter.

This is the most imposing of a number of ornate shelters along the Cliffs. A Corporation publicity brochure from 1949 praises the shelters: 'Here one can obtain the full benefit of the health giving rays ofthe sun, and the ozone-laden air, and they also afford perfect shelter during inelement weather, from which, fortunately; Southend is amazingly free!'

50 Gardens, the Cliffs.

This view looks out across the estuary. On the share a paddling pool can be seen, with a curious structure behind it. From 1910 until the outbreak of the First World War, there were persistent proposals to build a Westcliff Pier along this stretch of coast. Although strangly supported by the WestcliffTradesmen's Association, the plans were rejected by Southend Council.

51 Happy Valley.

The bands tand here was the original bandstand from Clifftown Parade, moved to this spot in 1908. Chief attraction in its early days was G.H. Chirgwin, the musie-hall star known as "The WhiteEyed Kaffir' from his bizarre stage make-up. In 1913, Harry Rose's Concert Party played twice daily in all weathers with the slogan: 'Everybody's saying it! ril meet you at the Valleyl'The natural amphitheatre could hold 3,0004,000 people.

52 Palmeira Parade, Westdiff.

Built in 1904 as a coach houses for the magnificently ornate Palmeira Towers, they were almost demolished in the 1970s, but saved at the last minute, and they now comprise a row of attractive restaurants bringing a continental style to Westcliff beach.


53 The Leas, 1908.

The Leas are a continuation of the Cliffs towards Chalkwell, comprising pleasant walks with grassy banks and shrubbery. The raad is lined with houses of the grander style and, former1y, many of Westcliff's leading hotels.

The Lees, Weslcliff-on-Sea..


54 The Leas, Westcliff

A blustery day. Towering over the scene is the Overcliff Hotel, once one ofWestcliff's grandest, demolished in the 1950s.

55 The Leas, Westcliff.

Edwardians enjoy the view from the grassy bank, while crowds line the esplanade below.

56 The Crowstone, ChalkweH.

The eurious Crowstone stands on Chalkwell foreshore, a memento in stone of a vanished era; it marked what was onee the boundary of the authority of the Port of London over

the Thames. The pleasant residential district of Chalkwell lies between Westeliff and Leigh, and was largely developed in the Edwardian and interwar years. Chalkwell did not get its own railway station until 1933.

57 Leigh-on-Sea.

The tower of St. Clement's Church is a prominent landmark atop Leigh Hill, while two typical 'bawleys' have lowered their sails. Leigh has been a fishing settlement for at least nine hundred years; the Domesday Book mentioned five fishermen living there. Leigh was a major port in the middle ages, and there is a long tradition of seafaring. According to local tales, the Mayflower, which taak the Pilgrim Fathers to America, was built in Leigh, and Leigh provided many of the 'Cockleshell Heroes' who crossed the Channel in 1940 in small boats to rescue British troops

from Dunkirk. Tales of smuggling and witchcraft abound toa.

58 Leigh-on-Sea from Bell Wharf, 1904.

Happy children are paddling offLeigh's little beach while spectators gaze on from the wharf Railway wagons are standing outside Leigh station. which cut the town in half when it was driven through to Southend in 1854. The station was moved to its present site west of the town in 1933.

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