Southend Timeline

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Southchurch Hall School is Built - The expanding town eastwards could be seen by the need of new schools in thisSouthend Adult Community College direction.   The Southchurch Hall School built in during 1903 and opened in 1904, for just under 800 pupils, a mixed infants and junior school.  The establishment today is still linked with education but with adults in mind as Southend Adult Community College.

Pantomime at the Empire - This report of the year's pantomime appeared in the Southend Standard:

Dick Whittington   The name Mr. Edward Graham-Falcon is always a criterion of good pantomime, and the Empire is fortunate in procuring his production of “Dick Whittington.”  The piece is drawing large houses, and goes with a swing from start to finish.  Miss Frances Manners scores a great success as dashing Dick, and Mr. Arthur White is delightfully frisky as the Cat.  Mr. Fred Solo is a jovial old Alderman Fitzwarren, and Miss Mand Marriott acts and sings charmingly as “Alice, his Dainty Daughter.”  The minor parts are all in good hands, and the musical numbers are bright and tuneful.

Tram System Expands - From May 1903 the tram service was altered to run via the Blue Boar to terminate at the Cricketers); an additional service from the Great Eastern Railway station to the Beach was also provided at certain times.

Buffalo Bill in  Town - September 1903 saw the arrival of Buffalo Bill and his troupe of horse riders to the Kursaal, even this however could not stop the Kursaal and it's buildings finishing the season early and everything being put up for sale.


Garrison Gets Steamed Up - Shoebury Garrison Light Railway steps up with the arrival of steam engines.


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