Peering Into the Past

Yesterday the British Film Institute launched a section on its website called “Britain On Film” where you can find thousands of ‘beautifully preserved old films’ showing life in Britain for the last century or so. You can serach by local area, topic, or decade. There are three from Southend, one of them being the 1929 Carnival Procession. (pictured above)

Hat-tip: Liberal England

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  • I cam across some interesting nuggets of Rayleigh (and its surrounding areas) history from 1986 a couple of days ago at the BBC Doomsday Project Archive. Basically, it was a project where schoolchildren wrote about their lives and their local area as it was in 1986. You can find it at

    One nugget is that as late as 1986 Rayleigh still had a coal train! I wonder if this was for retail or was for industrial use?

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