Can anyone help with the history of these old photos? Ria June 10, 2016 Landmarks & Attractions, Southend 1 Comment 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: 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. Boats along the seafront. House with tennis court. Ladies with tennis rackets, four men and two children. The Palace Hotel opposite the Pier entrance. The hotel was first named Hotel Metropole, and construction was finished in 1904. Large outdoor family photo. Another group photograph. House and garden. Another house and garden. The back of a house. View of the house from the lane. Could this possibly be the bottom of Pier Hill steps (far right)? One of the garden features along Clifftown Parade, overlooking Cliff Gardens and the Thames Estuary. Lady on a tricycle. Can anyone help to shed light on who the family in the photographs may be? Click here to browse more old photos of Southend-on-Sea!