Clacton-on-Sea listening bench

Site of the bench in Clacton-on-Sea

Terry Hutchinson

Welcome to the information page for the listening bench installed in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.

The bench features recordings about Clacton’s rich heritage as a popular seaside resort. From the Pier, to Butlin’s holiday camp, to the rise and fall of local theatres, we hope it will bring back fond memories of past holidays in sunny Clacton.

Location of the bench in Clacton

The bench is situated outside the West Cliff Theatre on Tower Road.

The bench has been put together by the Clacton and District Local History Society. The Society was formed in 1985 to research, record, and promote the history of Clacton and the district. Visit their website to find more information. The West Cliff Theatre has supported the project.

Audio clips on this bench

History of the Pier (Button A Clip 1)

Roger Kennell gives an overview of the Pier’s history, from 1871 to the present. What do you remember about the Pier?

Butlin's Holiday Camp (Button A Clip 2)

Norman Jacobs shares his childhood memories of visiting Butlin’s holiday camp, alongside a general history of Butlin’s.

Hotels in Clacton (Button B Clip 1)

Janet Price shares her experiences of running the Waverley Hall Hotel from the 1950s to 1970s.

Theatres in Clacton (Button B Clip 2)

Norman Jacobs describes some the theatres that have come and gone in Clacton. Which ones have you visited?

Comments about this page

  • Thank you for your comment! I am glad these clips brought back some happy memories – I’m not sure I’d have enjoyed swimming in the cold swimming pool on the Pier! Hope you can visit the bench in person some time.

    By Sarah-Joy Maddeaux (11/08/2017)
  • As I was born in Clacton in 1940, I found these clips very interesting. So many happy memories of learning to swim in the pier swimming pool,days spent on the beach during the school holidays.
    On a recent visit I was so pleased to see how much the town had changed. It was bright,clean and the gardens regenerated. Thank you to all who have worked so hard to make Clacton a lovely place to visit.

    By Irene Golden (nee Sains) (11/08/2017)

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