Going To Gran & Grandfathers Southend And Tottenham

A Memory of Southend-on-Sea.

My Nan and Grandfather lived in Southend on sea at the car park opposite the Kersal. All the coaches used to go there to park, there was always a crowd of people. I can remember Gran serving teas and people wanting to go to the toilet and costing 1 penny which I can remember collecting when we were there.
Grandfather would look after the coaches while people went to the rides in the Kersal and some went to the pub at the other end of the car park. My Grandfather had a dog called Bett which I loved and it used to walk around the car park with Grandfather walking along side with his hands behind his back. A really lovely memory. My aunt used to live next door, with my cousin as well.
When we went to Southend we always had a treat (fish and chips) - the fish was skate, which I loved as it didn't have the usual type of bone, it was just in the middle. Always lovely - no small bones.

There was a picture on the wall inside the cottage of the light brigade I think, with solders and horses all fighting and dead lying around - quite a horrid sight, but would you believe it I loved that picture. Never knew where it ended up. It was very large and took up a lot of space, but it was as if they were there with you. I know when Gran and Grandfather lived they could not be put out of there until they both died. When they did, the place was pulled down, very quickly.
When I went back to England it was all gone, history wiped out and never been built on. Such a shame.

Does anyone know the true history behind why it was destroyed so quickly - besides that they could? It was disappointing when I went back as my old school where I went to primary was no longer in Tottenham - all pulled down and houses. (All Hallows School Pembury road.)
My school, St Katherine's, had been taken over by the Irish club and the college had been modernized. The church inside was very beautiful before. This was just not like a church at all but a large classroom. History gone.

I have been putting things down and have written several pages and so did my husband on his history in UK and Australia. This was done for my grandchildren and great grandchildren. too much to put here. But I do enjoy the memories of other people as well takes you back to your childhood and keeps your memory active. I recommend it to anyone to do for your family.

Added 08 December 2020


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