Thank you to everyone who joined in Monday's Architecture Quiz
. It is with pleasure that I can report that everyone had the correct answer. When I asked, What sort of building do you think
this is a part of? You were right whether you said church, mosque, library or train station. Despite this though, no-one managed to guess what the building actually is, so here is the answer: It's a bowling alley
. Not one of those identikit prefabricated metal alleys, but one with a little bit of history and a little bit of character.
The Kursaal in Southend was built in 1901 and was one of the worlds first amusement parks. It has also housed a zoo and the local football team, Southend United. Old timers in the town still talk about how in used to have the largest sprung dance floor in Europe. Now, I have no idea what a sprung dance floor is, but I suspect it nothing like the giant ejector-floor that in my mind trebuchets bad dancers out of sight and out to sea. Later on the Kursaal became a rock venue, holding concerts for bands such as Deep Purple and Thin Lizzy. Today, as a shadow of it's former self, it is still the most interesting bowling alley I've ever visited.
Camper Van Beethoven - Take The Skinheads Bowling