Southend On Sea, Chalkwell Park c.1960

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Caption for Southend On Sea, Chalkwell Park C1960: Chalkwell Park was formed from the grounds surrounding Chalkwell Hall. The Council purchased this land in 1901. It became noted for its rose gardens and as the popular centre for the annual Carnival funfair. The picture shows some of the well-kept flower beds.

An extract from Southend Photographic Memories.

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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)

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 (...Read full memory)

IIRC, the "Westcliffe Belle" was a conversion by Johnson & Jago, Boatbuilders of leigh-on-Sea, of one of the big sailing yawls or ketches that had worked off the Foreshore pre-WW2, giving excursions out into the Estuary to see the very busy Shipping. I (...Read full memory)

My family have come from Southend on Sea since the early 1800s, there name is Cass, one of my 7 auntie's Ivy Cass was the cashier on the Golden Hind it was open 364 days a year and only closed on Christmas day. From 1945 until 1955 when I was 14, we came from Hayes Middx to Southend for Christmas and stayed at my grand (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Southend On Sea, Chalkwell Park C1960: Chalkwell Park was formed from the grounds surrounding Chalkwell Hall. The Council purchased this land in 1901. It became noted for its rose gardens and as the popular centre for the annual Carnival funfair. The picture shows some of the well-kept flower beds.

An extract from Southend Photographic Memories.

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