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This is a fascinating article about the much loved Lobster Smack and almost unknown Beckwith's Farm with a unique insight into Island life in the later 19th Century and the kind of folk who lived and worked on Canvey and how they eeked out a living.

Roberta Donnan

By Roberta Donnan
On 13/04/2008

What a interesting article. Hopefully we will get many more like this in the future. Does anyone remember the caravan park and Sea Rangers hut near the roundabout at Leigh Beck. There was a pond just round the back where the houses are now. From one end of the Island to the other. Just along the road a bit was Browns Stores which I believe was on the corner of Springfield Road and ?

By Barbara Roycroft
On 22/04/2008

For more information on the Beckwith's and Canvey, have a look at this page  which I have just loaded on the web.

By Alan Blackwood
On 05/11/2009

The 21 year-old lodger at Sluice Farm was my great-grandfather, Benjamin Packman (Arthur Benjamin Packman, born 1860 on Canvey Island).

By Virginia Dunsby
On 28/09/2010

The lodger, Charlotte Palmer, charwoman, was my GGG-grandmother. She died on 24 august 1893 and is buried in St Katherine's graveyard. Her husband, Thomas, was an agricultural labourer.

By Marie Palmer
On 25/01/2012

The 1860/70 6 inch OS mapping of Hole Haven shows a coastguard 'watch house' and flagstaff adjacent to the Lobster Smack.  In 1817 my three times Great Grandfather, James Hardcastle, was a 25 year old 'boatman' of the Waterguard Prevention Service who was posted to 'Haven Hole' watch house. (The WPS was the forerunner of the Coastguards).  The service accommodation for the Coastguards was built only in the late 1890s and up to then the servicemen evidently were put up in either the adjoining pub or farm, as recorded in the 1881 census.  James Hardcastle remained there only three years since there was a policy of moving watermen around so that they shouldn't collude with the locals.

By John Boothman
On 31/01/2019

John before the Coastguard cottages were built the men and families were housed in a hulk in Hole Haven not in the inn or farm. You will see other articles on here about the hulk.

By Janet Penn
On 31/01/2019