In the Beginning


The Pier Hill Fairground was established by 1889. It featured swings, steam roundabouts and the “Roly-Poly” ride, passengers in which, we are told, could experience all the joys of complete seasickness without the danger of leaving dry land!


George Sherrin’s drawing for the proposed Tower buildings, as the grand entrance to the Marine Park. It was only when the company responsible was renamed the Southend and Margate Kursaals Company, did the buildings become called the Kursaal.

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