Flood 58th Anniversary

The Norman Chisman Slides

By David Bullock

58 years ago tonight (night of January 31st - 1st February 1953) the great flood hit Canvey Island. Here are a selection of photographic slides that local historian Norman Chisman donated to the CCA. I have scanned these just in time for this anniversary. As I get time I will add more descriptions, perhaps you can all help by adding some as comments including any places or people you may recognise. Some images may be back to front - please advise if you spot any!

Photo:War Memorial Hall under water
Photo:Brandenburg/Nordland Road
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Flood 58th Anniversary' page
Photo:The play is off!
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Flood 58th Anniversary' page
Photo:Looking North across Newlands seems to be taken from counterwall just a hunch its on east side looking across Nordlands Rd. Hard to tell as the outline of the Downs is so fuzzy you can't see the Water-tower.
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Flood 58th Anniversary' page
Photo:Seaching for survivors. Last house on the left hand side of New Road looking towards Wintergardens
Photo:The boat on the left belonged to Ian Norrington's family it was called Kaola and was commandeered by the army to help in the rescues
Photo:Evacuees being taken off the Island
Photo:Northwick corner after the floods people coming back onto the Island to see the damage and remove their belongings
Photo:Filling sandbags at the Red Cow
Photo:Some of the soldiers who came to help
Photo:A dukw outside the Admiral Jellico
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Flood 58th Anniversary' page
Photo:Outside the Council Offices. Definitely council staff. Could be Reg Stevens 3rd from left. LOOKS LIKE THEY GOT A FREE ISSUE OF DUFFEL COATS.
Photo:Repairing the damage
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Flood 58th Anniversary' page
Photo:They were left with the cloths they stood up in
Photo:A cup of tea? Evacuees getting a welcome cuppa
Photo:The Queen Mother and Princess Margaret visit the refugees
Photo:Clearing up - what a mess
Photo:Leaving home
Photo:A helping hand
Photo:Devastation; Newlands or Sunken Marsh.
Photo:Larup Ave looking north Rainbow on the right, Goirle in the distance.
Photo:Could be Rainbow Ave.
Photo:High Street, Burton's Ice Cream Stall
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Flood 58th Anniversary' page
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Flood 58th Anniversary' page
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Flood 58th Anniversary' page
Photo:Newlands Estate
Photo:Newlands Estate
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Flood 58th Anniversary' page
Photo:Where is this?
Photo:New Road
Photo:Creek House northside of Small Gains Creek
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Flood 58th Anniversary' page
Photo:Evacuees at a rescue centre
Photo:Concord Cafe to the left, Casino top far right and in the distance just behind the crane is the Labworth cafe
Photo:The new wall emerges
This gallery was added by David Bullock on 31/01/2011.
Comments about this page

Just looking through the slides added by Norman and found one of myself. The newspaper that published the picture of Shirley and her dog got it wrong I believe that they got me mixed up with my cousin Shirley, anyway it should have read Stanley and his dog Rufus. The nickname Shirley came to me much later on in life when work colleagues found out about the picture.

Hope this is of interest......Regards   Stan Edwards.

By Stan Edwards
On 13/09/2014

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