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hope you enjoy your trip back in time to the long gone days of the British seaside old penny arcades.
If anyone has any pre 1970 photos/holiday snaps showing the old machines and arcades of yesteryear, and would like to share them with the visitors of this website, we would be happy to post them here for you,just send us an email and we will get back to you.



 




     

 

                                                          The "Belisha" arcade ,Fleetwood Pier 1934                  


KNIGHTS AMUSEMENTS

1950s Bexhill-on-Sea

 






 

    

                           A row of machines on the Palace Pier ,Brighton  

THE CASINO CAFE

1950s Brighton

                            


,Brightons West Pier  around 1915

 

 

              

Brighton West Pier Arcade 1901


                       

                

Always the second string pier at Brighton the West Pier retained its Victorian feel to the end, This fire in the late20th Cent marked the begining of the end.

                    

This is the very last photo taken of the already twice fire damaged pier before it collapsed into the sea during a huge storm in the early years of the 21st Cent. I know its the last photo because I took it my self five mins before it collapsed

                                              

Today this sad reminder is all the remains of this great Pier

 

                  

Brighton West Pier Arcade 1960s



 

A very sad West Pier Arcade in 1999
This photo is from the DVD Brightons west pier tour 1999 to 2006
by kind permission of Dumpman Films, full details can be found on our links page.



 

          

Peter Pan's Arcade Brighton 1960s

 





                                
                              

Playing an Oliver Whales WIN-A-CHEW Allwin

1950s? Location Unknown





                           

A.M.S.Trade Stand 1960s

Photograph by kind permission of Freddy Bailey.
 





                               

                                           Playing Electro-mechanical pinballs

                                 "Lots-O-Fun" Arcade, Tooting, SW London, 1960's





               

Stephen Watts Cafe

1930s The Links Whitley Bay






 

PLAZA ARCADE
*** Possibly the first arcade ever owned by Peter & Oliver Whales?? ***

Now Thought to be in Clacton on Sea 1930s?

Photograph Copyright Mrs H.Esson

                  

Oliver Whales & White Trade Stand 1950s




                           
 

Swansea Pier Arcade 1945





                                                     

Hastings Pier 1920s

                                                                     

Close up of the machines 1920s

                  

White Rock Baths Hastings 1910


 

Arcade machines Hastings 1960s

Thanks to Joy Jefferson for the photo






                                            

What Did The Butler See? C1910
Location unknown






 

Mutoscopes & Attendant C1920s?
Location unknown





                                                    

Acker Bilk Playing the Machines
Margate Pier 1960

                                  

Blow Ball Machine
Margate Pier 1960s


                          

Queing For The Ladies??
Margate Pier 1930s





                         

Fletchers RENDEZVOUS cafe

Herne Bay 1950s.


                
 

Fletchers as it is today 60 years later

Herne Bay 2013.


                                        


Inside Fletchers?? Arcade

Herne Bay 1963s.




 

Joe Fletchers Arcade Lickey Hills 1921


 






 

Herne Bay Pier

W.H.Dunsfords Novelty Centre 1930s.



                                    

The Refreshments Room

Herne Bay Pier 1930s


 






 

Parkers Black Cat Arcade

Rhyl 1950s.


Photograph Copyrite Mr.Brian Parker.

 

Parkers Trade Stand

1957






 

Grand Pier Amusements

Western Super-Mare 1930s.


Photograph Copyrite Mr.Alan Burnett.


 

Grand Pier

Western Super-Mare 1910.




 

Pier Amusements

Western Super-Mare 1960s.

 






 

Morecambe Central Pier 1940s



 

The Don Cafe Morecambe Pier 1940s



 

Morecambe West Pier 1927



 

Winter Garden Arcade Morecambe 1920s

 







Llandudno Pier 1935



Looking down on Llandudno Pier 1930s

Can you see the cast iron machine, left out in all weathers!!



Llandudno Pier 1960s

 

Note the Roll a Coin type machine to the left

 






 

Skegness Pier 1927

 






 

Thompsons Pleasure Land Skegness 1940s

 






 

Ryde Pier 1908 isle of wight






 

Ryde Pier 1920 isle of wight




 

Shanklin Pier isle of wight 1960s


 
                                         

Ventnor Pier isle of wight 1880s


 






 

Bournemouth Pier 1950

two American sailors playing cricket



 

Enterance to Bournemouth Pier 1915

 






 

St Annes Pier Arcade late 1950s

 






 

Southend-on-sea 1890s


a row of cast iron machines in the distance.






 

 

 






 

Joyland Arcade

               

Bridlington Late 1960s



 

Steve Burgin's FUN CITY Arcade

Bridlington Late 1920s

Sadley demolished in 1999

This photo was kindly donated by Reptile House @ Facebook , Bridlington the good old days


 




                                         
 
 

The four photos above & the two photos below were kindly donated by Mr Geoff Gibson of Bridlington

They show The Bay View & North Cliff amusement Arcades that were owned by the Gibson family

The Gibsons started operating in Bridlington in 1923

                                   

 
 






 

The Pie in Hand Arcade

Mablethorpe 1950s


 

Outside View of The Pie in Hand Arcade

Mablethorpe 1920/30s

 Photo's thanks to Robert Rowland

Mablethorpe Arcade (outside view) 1960s


Mablethorpe Arcade (inside view) 1960s


Mablethorpe Passtimes Amusements 1930s


Mablethorpe Jacksons Amusements 1960s

 

Photo by kind permission of Valerie Wright


 







 

Andrews Amusement Arcade

Canvey Island 1930s




 

Andrews Amusement Arcade

Canvey Island 1950


 






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The Palace Amusement Arcade

New Brighton Merseyside 1930s


The Palace 1960s





The Black Cat Arcade

Towyn Nr. Abergele 1960s





Amusement Arcade

California Nr Great Yarmouth 1960s





Great Missenden Fair

1960s


Photograph Copyrite Jack Leeson.





Battersea Funfair Arcade

1960s

 







Amusements in Sheringham 1960s


thanks to Jim Witherspoon for the Photographs.





A Night At The Funfair

Rye 1963

 





Bandits on the pier

Location unknown 1960s

 





Jamieson's Trade Stand

1960s


Jamieson's Trade Stand

Alexandrea Palace 1977


Jamieson's Rotolite & Electrodart machines

1959-1963


All Photographs Copyrite Mr.Ian Jamieson





Blackpool on the Prom

1946


The Bee Amusement Arcade Blackpool

1941


Fortune Wheel Blackpool

1946


On Blackpool Pier

1935

See the Vulcan the Robot fortune teller in the background


Blackpool North Pier Fire September 1921

You can see the smoke billowing round a group of cast iron machines, Were they lost in the fire????



Blackpool Pleasure Beach 1930s



One of the many Arcades on Blackpool Pleasure Beach 1939



A Rare Photo of The Blackpool Tower Arcade 1930s





 

Sea Front Amusements at Jaywick

1960s





 

W.E.Bryans Trade Stand

1973





 

Chicago Automatic Supply Co Trade Stand

1959
Photograph Copyrite Mr.Alan Burnett





 

A Typical Pier Arcade Location Unknown

1940s?
Photograph Copyrite Mr.Dave Geeson





 

The Windmill Arcade Scarborough

 

Demolished in the early 1960s.


 

The Underground Arcade at Gala Land Scarborough

 

Closed Down in the 1960s.


 

Catlins Arcadia Scarborough 1920s

 

 





 

Birnbeck Pier Western Supermare 1920s


 

Birnbeck Pier At Its Peak


 

Birnbeck Pier As It Is Today

 





 

Canvey Island Arcades 1960.


 

A Close Up Outside The Casino Arcade 1960

 





Sunny Holt Caravan Park Arcade

Brean 1960s

 





Clacton Pier 1920s

 





Folkestone Victoria Pier 1925


Penny Weighing Machine Victoria Pier Folkstone 1930

 





Small Wooden Arcade on the Beach
Newhaven 1950s

 





Eenies Amusements & Pastimes Amusements
Redcar 1960s

 





Redcar Pier
Redcar 1930s

 





A night time scene location unknown
London 1930s

 





St Leonards Pier 1909



FUNLAND ARCADE St Leonards 1969

 





                                                

                                                  

Eastbourn Pier 1930s

 





The Arcade on Fleetwood Pier 1930s

 





Machines on Ramsgate's East Promenade 1930s

 





"Uncle" Bill Tolley's Arcade

The High Street West Bromwich 1930s

 





Cast Iron Mutoscopes on Worthing Pier.1930s

 





3 Nice Cast Iron Machines behind crowd.1930s?

Location Unknown

 





See the cast iron machines & the "Tiny" arcade buildings 
filled with what the butler saw machines.


 

A nice selection of cast iron machines in the distance

photo by kind permission of Steve Lawrence

                                   

SOUTHAMPTON PIER 1930s

 





Children Playing the Sweetie Allwin Machines

SWANAGE PIER 1957

 





THE OLYMPIA ARCADE CLEVELEYS IN 1947 MASONS AUTOMATICS TRADE STAND IN BLACKPOOL 1965


THE OLYMPIA AS IT IS TODAY ****2015 WILL BE THEIR 70th ANNIVERSARY ****

 

All photos by kind permission of Micheal Mason

 





A NICE CAST IRON MACHINE STANDING NEXT TO COLWYN BAY PIER 1930s

 





WHAT THE BUTLER SAW at SEATONS ARCADE HARTLEPOOL 1950s

 





A NICE SELECTION OF MACHINE at PERRENPORTH 1960s

 





Shields Grand National

Photo copyrite of Margaret Shields

A horse race themed pin table for 18 seated players. This machine was first operated by the Shield family at the Festival of Britain in Battersea Park in 1951.
Later it was taken to White City Onchan head on the Isle of Man where it remained until 1960
 




Thought to an arcade in Felixstow 1963




 

 





I hope you enjoy your trip back in time to the long gone days of the British seaside old penny arcades

If anyone has any pre 1970 photos/holiday snaps showing the old machines and arcades of yester year, and would like to share them with the visitor of this website,
I would be happy to post them here for you,just send me an email through the contacts page  and I will get back to you