Old Glass Plate Negatives from c1900

Andrew Wyatt

By David Bullock

Andrew Wyatt kindly e-mailed in explaining that he had recently bought a few old glass plate negatives that may be of interest to us. He explained they are of Canvey Island and Benfleet around 1900.

Photo:"Marsh" Can you name the location?

"Marsh" Can you name the location?

Andrew Wyatt


Andrew continues:

'There are six of them, and they are nice quality as they are 5 x 4 glass plate negatives which I have scanned and with some minor retouching and enhancement have restored the images, into postives.'

Photo:"House" Can you name the location?

"House" Can you name the location?

Andrew Wyatt

'I Would be fascinated to know any more about the places featured, especially the white house with the dog and lady outside.'

Photo:"Knightwick" Knightwick Farm was north of the Lake - Can you see the man on the roof!

"Knightwick" Knightwick Farm was north of the Lake - Can you see the man on the roof!

Andrew Wyatt

'The other farmhouse photo Knightswick Farm has two coccatwos or exotic white birds in it! This one I could find on a website regarding Essex history, and indeed it lists the 1871 census with the people living there. This was taken around 1900 - 1905 judging by the fashions.

Photo:"Windmill" Can you name the location? It looks similar to the one on Foulness Island?

"Windmill" Can you name the location? It looks similar to the one on Foulness Island?

Andrew Wyatt

'The windmill is a mystery... all the others appear to be Benfleet and Canvey.'

Photo:"Canvey" This has been taken looking south from Benfleet Downs to Canvey Island. It shows the location of the Ferry crossing with Waterside Farm in the distance.

"Canvey" This has been taken looking south from Benfleet Downs to Canvey Island. It shows the location of the Ferry crossing with Waterside Farm in the distance.

Andrew Wyatt

Photo:"Benfleet" Looking north from Canvey Island - This showns South Benfleet and the Downs

"Benfleet" Looking north from Canvey Island - This showns South Benfleet and the Downs

Andrew Wyatt

If you can give more information please leave a comment below or email in.

This page was added by David Bullock on 07/08/2008.
Comments about this page

Andrew has compared the Windmill with an old Photo of the Foulness Windmill and although it is very similar the apex of the lower hut roof is different. Although from the same age it is not considered to be the same one.

By Andrew Macintyre (verbally to DB)
On 10/08/2008

Could picture 1 be the lake. You can see the downs on the left hand side

By joan liddiard
On 16/08/2008

The mystery farmhouse looks so new and well kept and is typical of this area. It looks to be on flat ground, but Canvey?
Was there ever a windmill on Canvey? There was a mill at the height of St Mary's Road by Mill Hill on the Downs at South Benfleet, but that doesn't look right either. It looks like a flat landscape. Puzzling.
The last two pictures are easy, they were taken at one of the annual Benfleet/Canvey Regattas from and towards the original Benfleet Railway Station close by the Ferry.
A great find, all the same. Are the pictures available somehow?

By Robert Hallmann
On 18/08/2008

Re the windmill photo

After tilting at windmills for sometime without success I think I may have found the No 1 candidate for this picture. According to an article printed in the Basildon Standard by Jessie. K. Payne of Southend on 24th Oct 1959 a mill existed in Pitsea since early Elizabethan times. It was a post-mill (as shown) and was situated to the N.E of Howard Park (corner of Rectory Rd and A13). It stopped working c 1890 and disappeared from the horizon when destroyed by fire c 1903. Unfortunately no other photographic evidence is given and no archaelogical remains are mentioned. However as it was the only post-mill standing in our locality it seems a strong contender.
Ref.www.millsarchive.com

Graham a.ka. Don Quixote

Re the white house photo

Thanks to Geoff Barsby's 1st edition (picture 28) this can be identified as Hill House Farm nr Northwick Corner.

Graham

By Graham Stevens
On 25/08/2008

I believe the white farmhouse in the picture could be Hill House farm.
I worked on several farms on Canvey in the 50s and 60s including that one and is the only one I can remember that was white.
It was run by David Cass,and we used to visit Charfleets farm to collect machinery etc. so there was some kind of connection.
Regards
Robin

By robin howie
On 04/09/2008

This is, without doubt the windmill that stood at Horndon-on-the-Hill.  Demolished in 1917, some remains of the trestle still existed, when I last looked.

By Rob C
On 26/10/2016

I reckon the windmill is at Horndon on the Hill.  Or was!  Google images of windmill at Horndon on the Hill and see the similarity.

By Adrian Tolley
On 21/05/2018

Sorry I've just noticed the comment right at the bottom of page by Rob C about the windmill!  Yes I'm sure he's right.

By Adrian Tolley
On 21/05/2018

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