Grandpa Noble

Can anyone help

By Janet Penn

This postcard has Grandpa Noble, Canvey Island written on the back.
But who is Grandpa Noble?

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Grandpa Noble' page

So what do we know?

The postcard is dated after 1902 as it has a divided back. No other clues there.

Using the picture to date it is also not that easy. Men's fashions are not as easy to follow as womens in the early 1900s. The man 'Grandpa Noble' is wearing a typical black or dark jacket and the definite 'must have' Edwardian moustache.

The building is typical Canvey bungalow with corrugated roof dated from the same period. The area surrounding does not give away anything about the location.

One other piece of important information I have found is that in 1905 a Mr R Noble was granted planning permission to add a brick extension to a timber building in London Road, Canvey Island. Well we seem to be getting somewhere.

After 1902, after 1905 and typical Edwardian clothes and moustache. So I would date the picture/card c1910.

But who was Grandpa Noble? We have R Noble on the planning application and a James Noble in the 1918 Electoral Roll. James Noble is stated as a non-occupier at Cranbrook Villa, Leigh Beck and his abode was stated as 145 Armagh Road, Bow.

This is I believe the correct family that is associated with the bungalow but I have not been able to find out anymore about them. There is also the family of Albert David Noble who with his wife came to the island around 1930. I am in touch with them but so far we have not been able to connect the two families.

If anyone knows anything to helps us identify Grandpa Noble or the bungalow that was in London Road please comment below.

This page was added by Janet Penn on 30/06/2015.
Comments about this page

I have been looking to find Grandpa Noble, I have not found any family member of James Noble of 145 Armagh Road Poplar with a first initial of 'R' as it says in the planning application of 1905, it could be just a coincidence that R Noble lived on the island too. Could James be Grandpa, I have found two vacant properties in Leigh Beck in 1939 with the name Cranbrook the first is in Van Diemens Pass and the other is in either Forenstead or Forested/Forestead Avenue (writing difficult to read) none of these roads I believe exist today, it is close to Camperdown Avenue records on the same page as the Jellicoe but again I think (correct me if I am wrong) Camperdown Avenue also does not exist now but there is a Camperdown Road on the other side of the Island. 

The only record I can find for London Road is a cottage named St Winnow owned by Harriet Dinney, of course this information is taken 25 years after R Noble applied for planning. 

I cannot find any connection with Albert David Noble living in New Road in 1939 and James Noble of Poplar even by going further back in time I could not find a connection.

When James died he left his estate to his son ArthurJohn Noble I cannot find a record of him living on Canvey. Perhaps the Cranbrook was just a holiday home.

Looks like it will remain a mystery for a bit longer.

By Sue Dean
On 07/06/2017

You are looking at records some years past the era we are looking at here Sue.

By Janet Penn
On 07/06/2017

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