Southend on Sea Pier Hill (formerly Royal Hill) Improvement Scheme Competition 1890s. This was the winning design boasting, Baths, Promenades, Shelters, Arcade, Bandstand, Reading Rooms and Clock Tower. The new design of the building is pretty and what’s more, profitable . Mr Thompson (of the firm of Thompson and Greenhalgh, a well known firm of local architects) competed in the competition, and his scheme was selected.

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Pier Hill & Seafront Southend-on-Sea Photo/Film Collection

Pier Hill & Seafront Southend-on-Sea

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Sea of Change - Pier Hill/Seafront Photos/Pictures, Southend-on-Sea

01: 1949 Golden Hind/Palace Hotel, Southend-on-Sea. 02: 1950 Kursaal Illuminations, Southend-on-Sea. 03: 1950 Pier Illuminations, Southend-on-Sea. 04: 1950 Pier Illuminations, Southend-on-Sea. 05: 1950 Seafront Illuminations, Southend-on-Sea. 06: 1950 Seafront Illuminations, Southend-on-Sea. 07: 1950 Seafront Illuminated Pier, Southend-on-Sea. 08: 1953 Pier Entrance, Southend-on-Sea. 09: 1953 Pier Entrance, Southend-on-Sea. 10: 1956 Pier Entrance, Southend-on-Sea. 11 :1961 The Ritz Cinema, Southend-on-Sea. 12 1962 Kursaal Illuminations, Southend-on-Sea. 13: 1971 The Boating Lake, Pier Hill, Southend-on-Sea. 14: 1971 Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea. 15: 1971 Pier Entrance, Southend-on-Sea. 16: 1971 Pier Entrance, Southend-on-Sea. 17: 1971 Pier Entrance, Southend-on-Sea. 18: 1971 Pier Entrance, Southend-on-Sea. 19: 1971 Pier Hill, Southend-on-Sea. 20: 1971 Pier Hill, Southend-on-Sea. 21: 1971 Pier Hill/Royal Terrace, Southend-on-Sea. 22: 1971 Grand Pier Hotel/The Ritz Cinema, Southend-on-Sea. 23: 1971 The Ritz Cinema, Southend-on-Sea. 24: 1973 Kursaal. 25: Pier and Foreshore Offices, Southend-on-Sea. 26: 1977 Grand Pier Hotel/The Ritz Cinema, Southend-on-Sea. 27: 1977 Grand Pier Hotel/The Ritz Cinema, Southend-on-Sea. 28: 1977 The Ritz Cinema/Royal Hotel, Pier Hill, Southend-on-Sea. 29 : 1977 Grand Pier Hotel/The Ritz Cinema, Southend-on-Sea. 30: 1977 Grand Pier Hotel/The Ritz Cinema, Southend-on-Sea.31: 1977 Royal Hotel, Pier Hill, Southend-on-Sea. 32: 1977 Royal Hotel, Pier Hill, Southend-on-Sea. 33: 1977 Royal Hotel, Pier Hill, Southend-on-Sea. 34: 1977 The Ritz Cinema, Southend-on-Sea. 35: 1977 Top of Pier Hill, Southend-on-Sea. 36: 1977 Top of Pier Hill, Southend-on-Sea. 37: 1977 Boating Lake  Marine Parade and Beyond, Southend-on-Sea. 38 :1977 Boating Lake  Marine Parade, Southend-on-Sea. 39 :1977 View towards Shoeburyness from the Pier, Southend-on-Sea.

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8mm Cine Film - 1960s The Seafront, Southend-on-Sea

1960s 01:Seafront, Southend-on-Sea. 02:Seafront Illuminations. 03:Kursaal Amusment Park.

04:A Day At The Beach Hut, Shoebury Common Beach.



Collection of Old Time Photos + Amateur Home Cine Film on the Seafront at Southend-on-Sea


Collection of Old Time Photos of Southend-on-Sea

Railway Bridge Removal Photos from the High Street


Bridge High St


Old Photos of the Civic Centre  Southend-on-Sea

Civic Centre

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North Rd Cemetery

Old Photos of Peter Pans Playground Southend-on-Sea

Peter Pans Playground

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Pier Hill & Seafront

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Priory Park

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Victoria Avenue

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Victoria Circus - High Street

Old Photos of Victoria Circus-High Street + Amateur Home Cine Film Southend-on-Sea

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The Changing Face of Southend-on-Sea Public Information Booklet

Changing Face of Southend

Profiling Carol Edwards

Local Author

Carol Edwards

Southend Waterworks Co

Old Photos of The Southend Waterworks Co/Essex Water Co Southend-on-Sea + Amateur Home Cine Film at Langford

Mixed Collection of Town Photos from 2000 onwards


21st Century Southend-on-Sea

Old Town Photos of Southend

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Old Photos + Amateur Home Cine Film of the Carnival Southend-on-Sea


Old Photos  of the The Pier + Amateur Home Cine Film



Old Town Photos of The Royals Shopping Centre & High St Southend-on-Sea

Photos by Craig Smith

Royals Shopping Centre & High St

Victoria Shopping Centre

Old Photos of Victoria Shopping Centre Southend-on-Sea

Profiling Roy Dilley

Local Author & Cinema Enthusiast

Roy Dilley

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 A Seaside Town,A Brief History Southend-on-Sea

The statue of Queen Victoria was presented to the town to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee in 1897.

The Memorial of Her Majesty’s glorious Reign was a gift from the Ex-Mayor, Mr Bernard Tollhurst, which was executed by J. M. Swynnerton at his studios in Rome. The memorial statue, pedestal and steps are made of Carrara Marble, the whole work standing something over twenty feet in height. The Queen is seated in a chair holding in her left hand a sceptre and pointing with her right over the sea. The original position selected was at the end of the High Street, and facing the mouth of the Thames so as to command the view of passing vessels. The pedestal and chair are Gothic in design - Tudor period - the drawings were made by  Mr. Edward Goldie, F.S.B.A.

In 1962 the statue was moved from Pier Hill to her present position in Clifftown Parade.





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