Add this item to Cart for a combined free shipping deal
Click to enlarge photo

Listing Detail Tabs

Kursaal Memories: A History of Southend's Amusement Park

Cardcover
109 pages
Very good condition - like new


Southend was the nearest seaside resort to London. Following Sir John Lubbock’s Bank Holiday Act of 1871, the first Monday in August became a national holiday, and the London, Tilbury and Southend Railway Company posted bills on hoardings all over London advertising Southend as the capital’s nearest resort.

In 1883 the East London Observer commented:

Everyone seemed to recognise that the August Holiday was, of all others, the one for suburban outings or seaside trips rather than the peculiar enjoyments derivable from parading the streets.

The East Ender could enjoy the toy stalls, photographic studios, coconut shies, kiss-in-the-ring, pony and donkey riding, steam roundabouts and swings. ... at Southend such entertainment was provided, seasonally, for many years on the seafront greens. Southend became known as Whitechapel-on-Sea. When the Marine Park, and then the Kursaal opened, they provided the same sort of entertainments, but this time, bigger and better.

The Kursaal remained a major destination, especially for day-trippers and works outings from the East End of London, until the 1960s.There were several annual events for which the Kursaal was justly famous.
These included the New Year’s Eve Ball, the charity dinner for deprived children, sponsored by the Alexandra Yacht Club, and the Old People’s Dinner.
The Kursaal was used as the setting for scenes in a number of films and episodes of television shows, among them The Avengers, The Prisoner, Nearest and Dearest (when it was supposed to be Blackpool!) and the films Over the Moon and Twenty-One Days.
The Kursaal was largely self-supporting, with its own ice-cream and rock factories, greenhouses and laundry....

The story of The Kursaal with black & white photos on nearly every page
There were no answered questions or comments placed on this listing.
Your question and answer privileges have been disabled.
You must log in to view questions and answers on this listing. We recommend reading questions before you make any purchases.
Please log in to view questions and answers on this listing. We recommend reading questions before you make any purchases. Available only to approved bidders. You must be an authenticated member to ask questions Find out more about becoming authenticated. Your account is in debt Your current account balance is You must credit your account to use this feature.
Firearms Licence #
By entering my licence number, I confirm I am aware of my obligations under the Arms Act.
Transaction details may be provided to police in accordance with the Terms & Conditions.
Your current account balance is Please note you will lose your question and answer privileges if your account is in debt for more than 2 weeks. Credit your account.
I confirm that I am over 18 years old.
To prevent your personal details being misused please do not put emails or phone numbers in questions. Failure to comply may result in the suspension of your account. The seller cannot add a Buy Now price once bidding has started.

Shipping options

  • Std Post & Packing$3.50
  • Seller does not allow pick-ups
  • Seller location: Whitianga, Waikato, NZ

Payment options

  • NZ bank deposit