THE Echo’s archives are full of pictures evoking memories of yesteryear and we’ve been taking a look at amazing images of Southend’s Pier Hill, which show how it has changed over the decades.

Our pictures of the old Ritz cinema, which was demolished in the 1980s, have prompted many memories from readers on Facebook.


From the seafront - Pier Hill in the 1930s

Now, we’ve found an amazingly evocative image of the old Ritz cinema showing the clear aspect near the Palace Hotel with the Queen Victoria statue in view (before it was moved along the cliffs).

Echo: Buses - the old Westcliff Bus Company No 17 on Pier Hill

The picture, found in the Echo archives, was sent in by Jane Sales who says it was taken by her grandfather in the late 1950s.

It also shows 1950s fashions and a Southend Corporation Bus. The film showing is Reap the Wild Wind.

Echo: Vintage vehicles - where the Royals is now 

There are many amazing pictures in our archives including the a bus from the Westcliff Bus Company on Pier Hill with the Ritz in the background.

How Pier Hill has changed over the years!

Scroll down to see more pictures from our archives

Echo: The old Ritz - The building was demolished in the 1980s

Echo: Familiar sight - Pier Hill in the 1970s

Echo: View - From the Palace Hotel in early 2010s