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.

Westcliff Swimming Pool

I spent most of my childhood here, taught myself to swim and then to dive as I stood on the steps and gradually got higher and higher until I was able to stand on the side to dive , then onto the springboard. I had a season ticket which used to run from May to September and you were able to go twice a day on this ...Read full memory

Southend On Sea In The 50's

Southend-on-Sea in the 50’s At the housing estate in Mitcham where we lived they had a tenants association. Every Friday night two of the committee would go round to the Elm Court flats in Mitcham where we lived to collect one or two shillings. This money was for an outing that the committee organized, ...Read full memory

Southend Airport

I worked for British Air Ferries in the early seventies as a post room assistant and remember so vividly the sight and sounds of those lumbering great Carvairs and the clouds of bluish smoke and coughing engines.  I was also an Air Cadet with the 1812 squadron.  I remember marching up the road behind ...Read full memory