Southend On Sea, The Pier 1898
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The longest seaside pier in the world, Southend's first pier lasted from 1830 to 1887. It was then replaced, and the new structure opened on 24 August 1890. Extensions were opened eight years later which took its length to a record-breaking 7080 feet. An electric railway took people to the pierhead.

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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.

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Memories of Southend-on-Sea, the Pier 1898

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. These memories are of Southend On Sea, The Pier 1898

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I went to Southchurch High School for Boys after failing my eleven plus in 1948. Tbe headmaster was Mr Haxall a frighteniing person to an eleven year old. A great teacher of history and bookbinding was Mr Bull. The paddlesteamers were still coming into the pier to take the holuiday makers across to Herne Bay and further round the Kent coast. The pier was an exciting place for a boy. You could go down ...see more
Southend carnivals were always a wonderful attraction and Mrs Olley, then 22 years old, remembers boarding HMS HOOD on it's visit to the town in 1932.