We were recently sent a sample of digitalised photos from a collection of old glass photographic plates taken in Southend-on-Sea. They  appear to be old family photos, and the owner of these glass photographic plates is interested in tracking down the family within them and learning more about the history of the photographs.

If you are able to date any of the photos below or contribute any discussion as to who the family are or share any other information relating to the photos below, please leave a comment at the bottom of the article!

Photos below courtesy of Françoise Châtel Marionneau:

Glass Photographic Plates of Southend

Photo of the gardens on Western Esplanade and boats.
The Cliff Lift funicular (which was first constructed in 1901 as “Reno’s Electric Stairway”) appears to be visible on the left.

Glass Photographic Plates of Southend

Boats along the seafront.

Glass Photographic Plates of Southend

House with tennis court.

Glass Photographic Plates of Southend

Ladies with tennis rackets, four men and two children.

Glass Photographic Plates of Southend

The Palace Hotel opposite the Pier entrance. The hotel was first named Hotel Metropole, and construction was finished in 1904.

Glass Photographic Plates of Southend

Large outdoor family photo.

Glass Photographic Plates of Southend

Another group photograph.

Glass Photographic Plates of Southend

House and garden.

Glass Photographic Plates of Southend

Another house and garden.

Glass Photographic Plates of Southend

The back of a house.

Glass Photographic Plates of Southend

View of the house from the lane.

Glass Photographic Plates of Southend

Could this possibly be the bottom of Pier Hill steps (far right)?

Glass Photographic Plates of Southend

One of the garden features along Clifftown Parade, overlooking Cliff Gardens and the Thames Estuary.

Glass Photographic Plates of Southend

Lady on a tricycle.

Can anyone help to shed light on who the family in the photographs may be?


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One Response

  1. Gill

    The fourth photo of the family with tennis rackets looks as though it has been taken outside a house on Barnstaple Road in Thorpe Bay. There are quite a few houses of this style on the Thorpe Hall of Barnstaple.

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