Southend Timeline

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1876

New Pub - Building plans were submitted to the Local Board this year for a new public house The Park Tavern, it still exists today and it's prominent frontage works on the London Road, but its name reflected then Southend's first public park which is no more it existed south of the London Road covering a few acres and included a lake and cycle racing tracks for Penny Farthings.

New Roller Rink - The Theatre of Varieties in Alexandra Street opened an outdoor roller rink complete with bandstand, aviaries, fountains and rock gardens.  The marketing for this venue centred around the regular patronage of clergy. 

Temperance Anyone? - Southend Temperance Society started in 1876, due to the number of problems created by alcohol.  the society set up a reading room to take peopl's minds off the evils of drink.  However, the society lasted only one year due to a lack of interest.

New Theatre - Alexandra Street unveiled another theatre in its midst.  Already enjoying the use of the Public Hall, next door the 'Theatre of Varieties' opened, to quench the thirst of the cultural hoards pouring into the town.  Prior to this and the Public Hall, the only other theatre was Trotters down on Eastern Esplanade.  The offer to the visitor needed to be more eduring and weather reliant, plus the town's residents were building in number and needed entertainment too.

Southend CC Formed - Starting out as Rochford Hundred Cricket Club in 1876 it reformed as the Southend Cricket Club, The Club's first home ground was The Park, a green oasis remembered today soley by the names of the roads that surrounded it but also The Park pub on the London Road.  The club after The Park was sold off it moved around to various grounds including the Kursaal until it finally balanced its innings between Chalkwell Park and Southchurch Park.

New Company Weighs In - A new manufacturing company, established in 1876, would make and provide scales for shops, farms and factories, G Perry & Sons became the first scale makers in Southend.

 

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