Clacton On Sea, The Bandstand And The Pier 1907
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Clacton's pier opened at the height of the pier boom in 1871; extensions in 1890-93 included a new polygonal head, complete with a pavilion. It was not until Ernest Kingsman bought the pier in 1922 that the series of inter-war amusement buildings associated with Clacton pier were added. The pier is much altered in recent years, but it is still amusement-dominated.

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This selection of vintage photographs shows some of our finest piers in their heyday, recalling their glory days when seaside piers were at the heart of the traditional British family holiday.

A Selection of Memories from Clacton-On-Sea

For many years now, we've been inviting visitors to our website to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was, prompted by the photographs in our archive. Here are some from Clacton-On-Sea

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Yes name was Norah Cleghorn, and we lived next to her mother in Burrs Road in the early 1950s. Nora was well known for bringing the Donkies along West Road from Jaywick for their daily ride home by the now Martello Restaurant. The children used to run along with the donkies every day, and some helping with the rides. Nora died a few years ago.
I was born in Clacton in 1953 along with my twin Brother. We spent most of our time down by the sea because my Dad worked at Butlins around 1960. My uncles worked on the Pier and my Nan worked in the Arcadeds and we also had an Uncle taking tourist photos along the Beach. I remember many times watching Punch and Judy. Our family names are Box, Elgood,and Mudd. Yours Truely Billy Elgood. ( now living in London. )
I'm desperately looking for any old photos of 3 places in Clacton. There used to be a toy shop next to the odeon cinema in west ave it was tiny, in ty e 70s. My Nan run a hot dog stall pitched outside reg brown's pub that's now Tom peppers, this would of been in the 70s or late 60s. the old police station in Jackson road. If anyone has any info please let me know. Thahkyou
My family of 3 brothers and 3 sisters were brought up in Dr Banardoes Homes in Old Road. I often went to the beach along with 9 other boys and Matron, Miss Blomfield from our cottage, Suffolk. We enjoyed many a happy time on the pier and beach. I have a photo of us 9 boys at the base of some steps near the bridge. I left Clacton in 1957