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Surprisingly little seems to have been mentioned about what was the emergency reconstruction of the seawall around Canvey [except for the photo's on this page].

For quite some months after the 1953 flood the sound of pile drivers knocking in sheet steel interlocking piles could be heard, these were topped with a concrete cap. As I remember the expected life of this construction was no more than 30 years so it's replacement in the 1970's & 1980's was about on time with most,but not all, the original piles being pulled out.

One place where the original height and piles of the "emergency" seawall can still be seen is at the bottom of Brandenberg Road where the later construction,[1970's] is about 30 inches higher, and a few feet in front of it [facing the marshes]providing a wide path between the two.

After visiting some other coastal areas in Eastern England Canvey's sea defences seem to be among the best.

By Ian Newman
On 02/08/2010

Hi Ian I have many more pictures of the sea wall rebuild to publish when I get an opportunity. I wondered why that bit of the sea wall was like that Dave

By David Bullock
On 05/08/2010

Hi David, have you any pictures of the damming of Small Gains Creek. I used to spend many happy, wonderfull times at the creek, when all the houseboats were there, and the tide came in where people play football now in front of Kings .

By Brenda
On 29/08/2010

Have you looked at our section caled 'The History of Canvey's Sea Defences'. Lots of pictures from the 30s to the 70/80's

By Janet Penn
On 29/08/2010

Brenda - Yes I have - It's a place close to my heart too - I'll publish them as I get time

By David Bullock
On 30/08/2010

Thank you David, look forward to seeing them. Brenda

By Brenda
On 30/08/2010

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