As a child in the early 1950's I can remember that the best part of our day out was the boat rides on this lake. I can still remember the smell from the engines. I grew up in Hornchurch and if I remember correctly we bought our first car in the early 50's and 3 or 4 times in the summer we would drive to Southend and maybe once we would go to Clacton.
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 from the smoke of the train and our mum would try to wipe us clean with her hanky. When we arrived ...Read full memory
Hi all, My father worked on the boating lake between the years 1950-52 and then again after his national service 1955-57. He has fond memories of those boats and the lake. Does anyone remember the name of the boats by any chance? We were talking about them the other day but he couldn't remember.