'Queensbury', Canvey-on-sea

Old postcard undated probably early 1900s

By Janet Penn

Does anyone know about the Queensbury? Where was it, what was it?

It has now come to light that the Queensbury Hotel was in Station Road and according to the Kelly's Directory for 1925-6 the proprietor was a Mrs P Phillips.

We have enlarged the name below but cannot make out what the bottom word is.

Please comment below.

Photo: Illustrative image for the ''Queensbury', Canvey-on-sea' page
Photo: Illustrative image for the ''Queensbury', Canvey-on-sea' page
This page was added by Janet Penn on 13/12/2014.
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Hello

It says board residence

Regards

Sparrow

By sparrow
On 13/12/2014

Of course it does I can see it now thanks Sparrow

By Janet Penn
On 13/12/2014

What a great looking building.

By Peter Goulding
On 17/02/2015

Yes, what a great looking building and I have some thoughts on where it was and something about it's history. This is just my theory drawn from from some photograghic evidence, the mininimum of written record and a little local knowledge. If you go onto the Archive page entitled ' The Cottage of St Hugh' the photo on that page shows the Queensbury Hotel in the centre. St Hugh(aka the Riverside Cafe) was on the corner of Eastern Esplanade and Hellendorn Ave so I estimate the Queenbury to be in Weel Rd to the north of what is now Kismet Park, in fact in the distance one can make out the Mulley's bungalow' Buccleugh'(artist Paul Smyth's page) and vaguely the apex roof of 'Stanley Villa' the Ogg's house which is still extant on the corner of Gafzelle Dve and Crescent Rd.

There is a photo somewhere, probably in one of Barsby's books, which shows the frontage of 'Buccleugh' and east facing aspect of the Queenbury Hotel but it's mis-titled 'Queensmere' which was another bungalow.

As to history it would appear it was built very early in the 1900s about he same time or even before St Hugh(there is no St Annes Church in the picture so it's pre 1910).No idea who built it or the original owners but I think it later became known as the 'Hotel Canvey' prop. Nathan Nabovsky, Shell Beach according to Kelly's Directory of 1929 & 1932.

At some time could be pre or post WW2, like other large properties ie Coxs and Ozonia it came into the posession of Fielder Estates and was then generally known as 'The Canvey Hotel'

In the 1950s I recall from my ' telegram boy' days it was being used as a multi-occupation establiment to house families awaiting council house accommodation. I'm sure at that time none of the wonderful architectural features remained, I certainly don't remember the 'Belvedere'(conservatory on roof) which was such a feature of it's elegant past but the south facing verandah still remained.

By Graham Stevens
On 04/03/2015

Just another snippet of info gathered from an 'Escape to the Country' programme, it appears that the Queensbury Estate of I don't how many acres in Thornhill, Galloway and Dumfries, Scotland is owned by the hereditary Duke of Buccleugh and Queensbury. Not a coincidence then that these neighbouring bare the same names. Seems likely that the original owners or developers had close connections to that area.

By Graham Stevens
On 11/03/2015

I lived in The Canvey Hotel from 1950 to 1953 when I joined the Royal Navy. This was a half way house used by the Council and Colonel Fielder to house tenants  paid off by him to vacate his bungalows.The building was corrigated iron clad, painted cream and white and had four resident families who were later allocated council houses. The families were the Neals, us the Giles', Rose and George Wiles and The Pepper family. We later move to Mornington Road at number 27.

By Bill Giles
On 24/03/2015

Graham Stevens, I think you could be correct with your estimate of the location of Queensbury House in Weel Road. I have a map with identifies this also, and have also found the linked plans identifying Queensbury Hotel as Weel Road.

http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/result_details.aspx?ThisRecordsOffSet=3&id=93625

I can't explain why Kelly's has station Road, maybe it was a typo error.

By Martin Lepley
On 17/07/2017

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