Southend-on-Sea, Essex
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

Historic maps of Southend-on-Sea and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey cartographers and Samuel Lewis.

Days At Southend

I remember travelling to Southend with my family on a steam train from London.  My sister and I use to put our heads out of the windows.  More often than not when we sat down our faces would be black with soot ...Read full memory

Churchill Gardens

'The gardens were officially opened on 4th May 1966 by the Lord-Lieutenant of Essex Sir John Ruggles-Brise Bt, CB, OBE, TD, JP. who unveiled a bust of Churchill in the centre of the gardens.' (quoted from the ...Read full memory

Priory Park

This is the walled garden in Priory Park. There was a notice at the bottom of the flight of steps saying 'No unaccompanied children' which made it doubly exciting. You could enter from the museum and cloisters, always the ...Read full memory