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Old & New Photos of Southend-on-Sea

Sea of Change - Southend-on-Sea, Essex.

A document profiling the deconstruction and radical modernisation of Southend-on-Sea.

Introduction


Southend-on-Sea in Essex has seen many great changes since its early beginnings in the middle ages with a few fishermen's huts at the south end of Prittlewell. South End expanded in the 18th century with the building of a new town along the cliffs. With the arrival of the railway, almost a century later, the town was subject to further expansion. Day-trippers from inner city areas such as London flocked to the seaside and Southend became a popular Holiday town.

In the late 1960s one of the biggest changes occurred in Southend's recent history, the Hammerson Development was constructed, the modernisation programme from then can still to be seen today.

To date Southend has been a subject of many books documenting its history.

Sea of Change depicts part of the modernisation that has taken place in Southend's long history.


About


This pictorial view of Southend-on-Sea was in part compiled from old photographs available so not all of the town's history is covered.

Pictures are from a collection of old amateur photographs taken around the town of Southend-on-Sea.

Sea of Change old pictures include the Civic Centre, Victoria Shopping Centre, Odeon Cinema, Seafront, Royal Hotel, Grand Pier Hotel, Ritz, Kursaal and Peter Pans Playground just to name a few.

Sea of Change - Home Photos/Pictures of Southend-on-Sea

01:1971 Civic Centre. 02:1969 Victoria Shopping Centre. 03:1973 Victoria Shopping Centre. 04:1970 Victoria  Avenue. 05:1971 Victoria Shopping Centre. 06:Office Buildings Victoria Avenue. 07: Entrance/Exit to Multi Storey Car Park.




Sea of Change - Old Photos/Pictures of Southend-on-Sea

01:Kursaal 1948. 02:Odeon Cinema 1948. 03:Peter Pans Playground 1948. 04:Pier Head 1948. 05:Priory Park 1948. 06:Airport Restaurant 1949. 07:Chalkwell 1949. 08:Kursaal 1949. 09:Palace Hotel 1949. 10:Victoria Circus 1949. 11:Pier Head 1952. 12:Pier Entrance 1 1952. 13:Pier Entrance 2 1952. 14:Victoria Circus 1953. 15:Odeon Cinema 1954. 16:Victoria Circus Xmas 1954. 17:Pier Entrance 1956. 18:Pier Head 1956. 19:Dixons 1958. 20:Garons 1958. 21:Keddies 1958. 22:Pier Head 1961. 23:Pier Train 1961 .24:The Ritz Cinema 1961. 25:Civic Centre 1 1964. 26:Civic Centre 2 1964. 27:Garons 1 1964. 28:Garons 2 1964. 29:Municipal College 1 1964. 30:Municipal College 2 1964. 31:View From Civic Centre 1 1964. 32:View From Civic Centre 2 1964. 33:View From Civic Centre 3 1964. 34:View From Civic Centre 4 1964. 35:View From Civic Centre 5 1964. 36:View From Civic Centre 6 1964. 37:Victoria Circus 1 1964. 38:Victoria Circus 2 1964. 39:Victoria Circus 3 1964. 40:Victoria Circus 4 1964. 41:View From Victoria Circus 1 1964. 42:View From Victoria Circus 2 1964. 43:Dixons, Keddies & Victoria Hotel 1966. 44:Garons Cnr & Victoria Hotel 1966. 45:Old Art School 1966. 46:Talmage Buildings 1966. 47:View From Victoria Station 1966. 48:Victoria Circus 1 1966. 49:Victoria Circus 2 1966. 50:Victoria Circus 3 1966. 51:Victoria Circus 4 1966. 52:Victoria Circus & Victoria Station 1966. 53:Victoria Hotel 1966. 54:Victoria Station 1966. 55:Co-Op Funeral Directors 1968. 56:Civic Centre 1 1968. 57:Civic Centre 2 1968. 58:Entrance Multi-Storey Car Park 1 1968. 59:Entrance Multi-Storey Car Park 2 1968. 60:Garons/Multi-Storey Car Park 1968. 61:Garons Prittlewell 1968. 62:Queensway 1968. 63:Temporary Foot Bridge/Victoria Circus 1968. 64:Victoria Ave 1 1968. 65:Victoria Ave 2 1968. 66:Victoria Circus 1968. 67:Victoria Railway Station 1968. 68:Municipal College 1968. 69:Queensway 1  1968. 70:Queensway 2 1968. 71:Victoria Circus 1 1968. 72:Victoria Circus 2 1968. 73:Victoria Circus 3 1968. 74:Victoria Circus 4 1968. 75:Victoria Circus 5 1968. 76:Victoria Circus 6 1968. 77:Victoria Circus 7 1968. 78:Alexander House Site 1969. 79:Victoria Circus 1 1969. 80:Victoria Circus 2 1969. 81:British Home Stores 1 1969. 82:British Home Stores 2 1969. 83:Blue Boar Junction 1969. 84:Civic Centre & College 1969. 85:Demolition Victoria Circus 1 1969. 86:Demolition Victoria Circus 2 1969. 87:Demolition Victoria Circus 3 1969. 88:Demolition Victoria Circus 4 1969. 89:Demolition Victoria Circus 5 1969. 90:Demolition Victoria Circus 6 1969. 91:Demolition Victoria Circus 7 1969. 92:Demolition Victoria Circus 8 1969. 93:Demolition Victoria Circus 9 1969. 94:Multi-Storey Car Park 1969. 95:Palace Theatre 1969. 96:Skyline Victoria Shopping Centre 1969. 97:Supasave 1 1969. 98:Supasave 2 1969. 99:Taylor Furnishing Store 1969. 100:Times Furnishings Store 1969. 101:Victoria Shopping Centre 1 1969. 102:Victoria Shopping Centre 2 1969. 103:Victoria Shopping Centre 3 1969. 104:Victoria Shopping Centre 4 1969. 105:Victoria Shopping Centre 5 1969. 106:Victoria Shopping Centre 6 1969. 107:Victoria Shopping Centre 7 1969. 108:Victoria Shopping Centre 8 1969. 109:Victoria Shopping Centre 9 1969. 110:Victoria Shopping Centre 10 1969. 111:Civic Centre 1969. 112:Skyline View Baxter Ave 1969. 113:Victoria Circus New Escalators 1969. 114:Victoria Circus New Escalators 2 1969. 115:Health Centre Site 1969. 116:Skyline Keddies 1969. 117:Multi-Storey Car Park Entrance 1969. 118:Alexander House Foundations 1970. 119:Alexander House 1970. 120:Bus Station 1970. 121:High Street 1 1970. 122:High Street 2 1970. 123:High Street & College 1970. 124:Queensway 1970. 125:Supasave 1970. 126:Underpass Construction 1 1970. 127:Underpass Construction 2 1970. 128:Underpass Construction 3 1970. 129:Underpass Construction 4 1970. 130:Underpass Construction 5 1970. 131:Underpass Construction 6 1970. 132:Underpass Construction 7 1970. 133:Underpass Construction 8 1970. 134:Underpass Construction 9 1970. 135:Underpass Construction 10 1970. 136:Victoria Shopping Centre 1 1970. 137:Victoria Shopping Centre 2 1970. 138:Victoria Shopping Centre 3 1970. 139:Victoria Shopping Centre 4 1970. 140:Victoria Shopping Centre 5 1970. 141:Victoria Shopping Centre 6 1970. 142:Victoria Shopping Centre 7 1970. 143:Victoria Shopping Centre 8 1970. 144:Municipal College 1970. 145:Queensway, Alexander House 1970. 146:Victoria Avenue 1970. 147:Warrior Square Swimming Pool 1970. 148:Civic Centre 1971. 149:Peter Pans Playground 1 1971. 150:Peter Pans Playground 2 1971. 151:Peter Pans Playground 3 1971. 152:Pier Entrance 1 1971. 153:Pier Entrance 2 1971. 154:Pier Entrance 3 1971. 155:Pier Hill 1 1971. 156:Pier Hill 2 1971. 157:Pier Hill & Royal Terrace 1971. 158:Pier Hotel, Ritz & The Palace Hotel 1971. 159:The Ritz 1 1971. 160:The Ritz 2 1971. 161:Boating Lake, Pier Hill 1971. 162:Civic Centre 1 1971. 163:Civic Centre 2 1971. 164:Municipal College 1 1971. 165:Municipal College 2 1971. 166:Municipal College 3 1971. 167:Peter Pans Playground 1 1971. 168:Peter Pans Playground 2 1971. 169:Pier Entrance 1971. 170:Victoria Circus 1971. 171:High Street 1 1972. 172:High Street 2 1972. 173:Back of Keddies 1972. 174:Keddies 1972. 175:Alexander House 1973. 176:Barclays Bank High Street 1973. 177:Bus Station & Technical College 1973. 178:Dixons 1 1973. 179:Dixons 2 1973. 180:Dixons 3 1973. 181:Dixons 4 1973. 182:Kursaal 1973. 183:Southend Shopping Centre 1973. 184:View Left Of Southend Shopping Centre 1973. 185:View Right Of Southend Shopping Centre 1973.  186:Victoria Avenue 1973. 187:Victoria Circus 1973. 188:Victoria Circus Shopping Centre 1973. 189:Victoria Railway Station 1973. 190:Health Centre 1974. 191:St Marys Church 1974. 192:New Library 1974. 193:Odeon Cinema 1974. 194:Station & Offices Victoria Avenue 1974. 195:Foreshore Offices Pier Approach 1976. 196:Pier Head 1 1976. 197:Pier Head 2 1976. 198:Pier Head 3 1976. 199:Pier Head 4 1976. 200:Grove Terrace 1 1977. 201:Grove Terrace 2 1977. 202:Grove Terrace 3 1977. 203:Grove Terrace & The Ritz Cinema 1977. 204:The Ritz Cinema 1977. 205:Royal Hotel 1977. 206:British Home Stores 1977. 207:Grand Pier Hotel & The Ritz Cinema 1977. 208:Top Of Pier Hill 1977. 209:High Street 1 1977. 210:High Street 2 1977. 211:Pier Hill 1977. 212:The Ritz Cinema 1977. 213:Southchurch, Queensway Underpass 1977. 214:Pier Hill 1977. 215:Victoria Shopping Centre 1981.




Sea of Change - Past and Present Photos/Pictures of Southend-on-Sea

01:Odeon Cinema 1948. 02:College-Barclays Bank 2012. 03:Alexander House 1973. 04:Alexander House 2012. 05:Victoria Shopping Centre 1970. 06:Victoria Plaza Shopping Centre 2012.




Sea of  Change - Southend Today Photos/Pictures of Southend-on-Sea 2012

01:Adventure Island 1. 02:Adventure Island 2. 03:Adventure Island 3. 04:Alexander House 1. 05:Alexander House 2. 06:Alexander House/Victoria Circus. 07:Kursaal. 08:Kursaal Dome. 09:London Road/High Street. 10:ODEON Cinema. 11:Old B and Q Site/Queensway. 12:Queensway. 13:Seafront 1. 14:Seafront 2. 15:Seafront 3. 16:Statue Embrace/Victoria Circus. 17:University Accommodation Complex. 18:Victoria Avenue 1. 19:Victoria Avenue 2. 20:Victoria Avenue 3. 21:Victoria Avenue 4. 22:Victoria Circus 1. 23:Victoria Circus 2. 24:Victoria Circus 3. 25:Victoria Circus 4. 26:Victoria Circus 5. 27:Victoria Circus 6. 28:Victoria Circus/High Street. 29:Victoria Circus/Queensway 1. 30:Victoria Circus/Queensway 2. 31:Victoria Plaza Shopping Centre. 32:Victoria Plaza Shopping Centre/Queensway. 33:Victoria Railway Station 1. 34:Victoria Railway Station 2. 35:W.H.Smiths/Victoria Circus.




Sea of Change - Scrapbook and Maps Photo/Pictures of Southend-on-Sea


Scrapbook 1

01:Kursaal. 02:Day Trippers Kursaal Amusement Park, Circa 1930. 03-04:Bob Lazell Corporation of Southend-on-Sea lorries, Circa 1950. 05:Lad's day out. Photographed outside the Nelson Public House, North Road,  Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea. Circa 1920. 06:Ladies day out with charabanc and the kids. Photographed outside the Nelson Public House, North Road, Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea. Circa 1920. 07:Garons, Victoria Avenue, Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea 1968. 08:Garons demolished, Victoria Avenue, Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea 1969. 09:Alexander House, Southend-on-Sea 1973. 10:A typical office in Alexander House, Southend-on-Sea 1973.


Scrapbook 2

01:1969 Panoramic view from Prittlewell footpath towards Civic Centre. 02:1973 The Boating Lake and Pavilion Lanes, home to Tenpin Bowling. 03:1977 Taken from Southend Pier. Panoramic view of the seafront towards Shoeburyness. 04:1977 Taken from Southend Pier. Panoramic view of Pier Hill and Grove Terrace. 05:1969 View from Portcullis House of Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea. 06:1969 View from Portcullis House before the construction of Alexander House Southend-on-Sea of the town towards the seafront, the pier is just visible in the distance. 07:1969 View from Portcullis House. Baxter Avenue Car Park, Southend-on-sea. 08: 1969 View of Queensway/Victoria Circus, Southend-on-Sea. 09: 1977 Pier Head, Southend-on-Sea.


The Changing Face of Southend

1960s Modernisation Programme Booklet Published by the Southend-on-Sea Corporation.


Town Centre Maps

01:Map of Southend-on-Sea Town Centre Circa 1930. 02:Map of Southend-on-Sea Town Centre Circa 1960. 03:Map of Southend-on-Sea Town Centre Circa 1990.




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01-02:Demolition of the Warrior Square swimming pool 2011.


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