William Read School 1971

About to be demolished

Transcribed by Janet Penn

Under demolition, the William Read School, Canvey, which survived a war (when it was damaged) and the 1953 flood. At one time, before the Council Offices, were built, public Council meetings were held there, as were election gatherings and on at least one occasion the counting of the votes.

Photo:From the Canvey News and Benfleet Recorder 1971

From the Canvey News and Benfleet Recorder 1971

Photographer Tony Ackers

This page was added by Janet Penn on 14/01/2012.
Comments about this page

I attended William Read school between 1965 and 1969. It was a junior school then. The head master was Mr. Clarke. I was always fascinated by the budgie aviary, that was in the school courtyard. Also the cold outdoor swimming pool! There was an old wooden classroom behind the main buildings, this was Mr. Bowers class. I recognise a name from one of the contributors on this site, Annette Huddson, you were in my class.

By Gary Casson
On 04/08/2017

Goodness! I had forgotten what it looked like! I went to William Read in the infants and the juniors, leaving in 1969. (I remember You Gary Casson). I loved the courtyard area and remember the swimming pool well, the teachers had to take the temperature and we weren't allowed to go swimming if the temperature was below 65 degrees Fahrenheit! 

By Heather Meggison (Letchford)
On 28/07/2018