Southend Timeline

Bringing Your Memories Back to Life


Star Rises in the West In the age of the silent movie, new cinemas started to spring up around Southend.  The Star opened in 1919 in West Street next door to the Blue Boar pub.  The building remained in place into the 1990's but survived this long under new usage such as a boxing club.  The building today has gone, absorbed into the development that brought the Blue Boar back to life.      

The Empire Closes - On Alexandra Street the Empire Theatre was finally closing its doors under the present title that is , but would soon reopen as the Rivoli Picture House, the owner at the time was The Great Rameses a magician of his time who appeared around the country performing his act, then ploughing his fortune into the Empire Theatre.

BelfaIrs Park - 270 acres of woodland and meadows,adjoining the Nature Reserve and an 18 hole golf course, arguable the most beautiful of the borough's parks was purchased at a cost of £20,000 in 1919 by the council.

United at the Kursaal Southend United left Roots Hall to take up home at the Kursaal after the Great WarThere could not be many league clubs with a The Kursaal (1919-1934)water chute as a backdrop to their games.



Peace celebrations visit of the HM Grand Fleet

Queen Mary's Royal Naval Hospital Closes

The Aussie's are in Town - Essex County cricket entertained an eleven of the Australian Imperial Force at Southchurch Park in August 1919, the visitors winning by 309 runs.

New Politics - Southend gained a new political party this year.  The Labour Party established itself within the town, notoriously known for its conservative leanings.  By the war there was a membership of around 891.

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