CANVEY ISLAND lies against Benfleet and Hadleigh, encompassed by branches from the river Thames; from the above villages there is a passage to it over the strand, at low water. It is about five miles in length and two in breadth, comprising about 3,600 acres. It is no parish of itself, but is chiefly connected with Benfleet, although it pays rates to eight other parishes. It has a chapel, and about 50 houses. The POPULATION of the foregoing parishes, by the last government census, was as follows: – RAYLEIGH, 1,339; HADLEIGH, 365; HOCKLEY, 777: HAWKWELL, 329; RETTENDON, 671; RUNWELL, 341; SOUTH BENFLEET, 533; THUNDERSLEY, 526.
POST OFFICE, RAYLEIGH, William Pissey, Post Master – Letters from INGATESTONE arrive (by mail-cart) every morning at three, and are despatched every evening at eight.
POST OFFICE, HADLEIGH, George Lloyd, Post Master – Letters from ROCHFORD arrive (by foot-post) every morning at half-past 8 in summer and 9 in winter, and are despatched every afternoon at 4.
COACHES. To LONDON, the Despatch (from Southend), calls at the Golden Lion, every morning at half-past 9 – & Thorogood’s coach, calls at the Crown, every morning at a quarter-past six in summer, & a quarter-past seven in winter; both go through Brentwood, Romford & Ilford.
To SOUTHEND, the Despatch (from London), calls at the Golden Lion, every evening at six – and Thorogood’s coach, calls at the Crown, every evening at half-past six; both go through Rochford, &c.
CARRIERS To LONDON, Joseph Pease’s Van, every Monday and Thursday afternoon.
To CHELMSFORD, William Doe, every Friday morning.
To ROCHFORD, Joseph Pease’s Van, every Wednesday & Saturday afternoon