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1898

War of the Worlds - H G Wells the famous science fiction writer penned his novel 'the War of the Worlds' in it and as part of the story he refers to Southend and Shoeburyness: 'Had the martians aimed only at destruction, they might on Monday have annihalted the entire population of London, as it spread it self through the home counties.  Not only along the road through Barnet, but also through Edgeware and Waltham Abbey, and along the roads eastwards to Southend and Shoeburyness, and south of the Thames to Deal and Broadstairs, poured the same frantic rout.'

Pier Damaged - The new pier structure would start it's long history of problems when a ketch slammed into it during a storm.

Revolving TowerRevolving Tower -  Since 1895 the Warwick Revolving Tower began to shoot up around England's coastal towns.  Scarborough had the accolade of having the first one completed, followed not long after by Southend in 1898.  Very timely considering the need for more than just sea, sun and sand for the many visitors pouring into the town.  The Revolving Tower was located where the Kursaal park was due to be built and became a significant landmark in many a postcard image for a number of years.  It could carried 150 people at a time to a height of 126 feet, who would marvel at the views.

 

 

 

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