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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My memory goes back to 1966, it was to be the last time I took my children to Southend for the day, because we migrated to Australia in 1967 (45 years ago). Then this year we went back for a holiday with my daughter and two granddaughters and lots of memories came flooding back. I could see myself with my parents and (...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)

As a student at Southend High School for Girls in the 1960's, I remember our swimming lessons at the Westcliffe Swimming Pool - and I hated them! Unlike today, the water was cold and our instructors showed little empathy to those of us who were frightened of the water. Luckily, I learned to swim as an adult which has stood me in good stead for my life in Australia!

I learned to swim here in the 1950s. The water was freezing, every day there was a notice showing the supposed water temperature, taken with a warmed thermometer I think! We used to queue up at the beginning of the swimming season to aquire a season ticket. My brothers always managed to have enough swims to get (...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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