Seafront Aerial View

Pre 1953

Now known as Concord Beach with the 'old pool'
Map of the area c1932
In the centre the very distinctive building in Sprundel Ave which is still standing today as can be seen in the photo below.
The Pavilion Cafe at the bottom of May Avenue where the Windjammer is today
The crowded beach at the pool and just look at those cars

Not sure of the year but definitely pre 1953 and going by the cars probably much earlier. The map is date c1932 so the photo is after that but before 53.

More can be seen here.

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  • The distinctive building at Sprundel Ave/May Avenue is where an old schoolmate, David Edson, used to live. He used to give me a lift to Southend when we were training to be bus conductors at Hadleigh depot. The small wooden booth in the bottom left hand corner of the cafĂ© car park is where I used to sell ice-creams in the school summer holidays.

    By Mick Thickbroom (19/01/2020)
  • The Building you mention was called Ddasel, I am not sure if it still is. It was built by my Grandfather Arthur Le Sadd in the 1930s. (Ddasel – Le Sadd spelt backwards). His brother built a similar house on Chalkwell sea front. My mother Olive Le Sadd grew up at Ddasel. She married my father George Chambers just after the war. There was a tennis court to the rear and the Bungalow adjacent to it was for the maid and her husband. After the war Grandfather moved to another he had built house in Furtherwick Road also called Ddasel.

    By Tony Chambers (01/05/2020)
  • Hi Mick, I guess you must be the little Mickey Thickbroom who went to Westcliff High and lived in Handel Rd just around the corner from this house. I remember David Edson too but never realised he lived in Ddasel.
    A few months ago my brother Chris bumped into Billy Windsor at a party and your name came up. I guess you lot must have been a year younger than me.
    Re the house, I liked it in it’s original Art Deco form with the Crittall windows before somebody put that castellation on top. All the best, Graham.

    By Graham Stevens (02/05/2020)
  • I was born at Ddasel, our grandparents house in 1949, and remember, aged about 5, climbing to the top of the stairs landing with a friend for jam sandwich picnic! May and Fred Taylor lived next door. I have a tattered photo of it before land was sold and alterations made.

    By Marion Hanman (nee Chambers, Oswald)) (07/05/2020)
  • Tattered or not we would love to see your photo

    By Janet Penn (07/05/2020)

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