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My name is Lesley Pryce nee Manser my stepfather was Ian Manser who sadly passed away in Spain 3 days after my mother Valerie passed on the 30th January 2024. I have lived in Australia for 42 years but do remember my younger days with my grandparents and uncles and aunt, I new 3 brothers had drowned in the Canvey island floods but this is the first time I have read the full encounter from Kieth of what actually happened…..I so very saddened..so much pain endured and no real support, my heart goes out to all my dads family….RIP.💔
The lady in the front (white hair and light coloured dress) was my Mum. She was pianist at the dancing school for many years. Her name was Lydian. Sadly she died 2 months after this photo. I’m so pleased my son drove us from Hastings to be at the celebration.
Yes she is buried in St Katyerines. I did find her grave many years ago and knew her story but decided not to include it on the archive.
Hi, My partner & I are looking for thd grave of Gwenneth Reece D.O.D 1963. We understand she is buried in St. Katherine’s. Can anybody help & give more information?
Thanks David J Harrison
I met Mr. Ross at RAF BentWaters (Ipswich) in England. I was stationed there for 5 years. I bought 3 paintings from Mr Ross in 1984. One is a picture of a cottage in a field, he named it Rooks Lodge. Another has white doves flying over a water. He named it Moonlight Symphony. I live in the states and I’m moving to Florida to retire and I still have them. I’ve always wanted to know more about Mr. Ross. Just wanted to thank you guys for sharing.
I lived at the point and spent all of my childhood playing on the barge. War games with my brothers and friends
The original plans had 5 cottages. Three down Beechcroft Rd and two more behind them in a cul-de-sac we now call Woodhurst Rd.
They were built by Messers HOWARTH & WRIGHT. Planning approved 6th March 1934.
The daughter of one of the Prout brothers, Angela, was my secretary at John Miller (Shipping) Limited in Aldgate High Street in the 60s.
I recall Eileen and her daughter Jill from the time we lived in Benfleet. And I was a District Councillor in the 70s. Happy memories!
Sorry to hear the news. RIP Dave.
PS Dave Clayton made his comments using the name’Snowdrop’ as when he did his National Service he was a member of the RAF Police , known as Snowdrops for the white covers on their RAF caps!
Thanks Lin that is another possible venue. When we were discussing this topic at the Library on Saturday I mentioned the Drill Hall and that I didn’t have much knowledge of the interior but someone who would know would be Dave Clayton who was a long serving member of the ATC but I hadn’t seen much of him lately and you and Michael agreed with me.’ On my way home I met his wife and daughters and naturally asked after him.Sadly his wife told me that he had passed away in September. Dave often contributed comments to the Archive and will be sadly missed as a vociferous spokesman for the British Legion( especially concerning the upkeep of the War Memorial at the Paddocks!) We were fellow pupils at Westcliff High School. RIP. DAVID CLAYTON.
The photo of Stan’s family in the garden of Dolce Dolma was interesting , I think his wife worked at Woolworths in Hadleigh when I worked there in 1954…her name was Betty and she was in charge of the Electrical Counter. I was just turned 15 and always remember how jolly she was, even though she was constantly having to test every light bulb before the customer paid for them, Saturday was the busiest day , I often wondered if the constant flashing lights affected her eyesight!
Wendy Jonas (nee Tiquet) was my wonderful mother. She moved from Wanstead to Epping and married my Father, Herbert William Charles Jonas. My mother lived a long happy Christian life, and died aged 99. She was very dearly loved.
I can remember going to play table tennis at in a hall at King George playing field, about 1958.
When I was 6yrs old we visited family or friends (I don’t remember) and were shown how high the flood water had been from January 1953 and we visited a funfair that had a wooden helter skelter.
In the Canvey News Newspaper on 20th April 1929, there is a mention of the “monkey” and report that it was then 5 years old.
Another interesting discovery which immediately raises the question ‘where was the Table Tennis Club based? My first thought was Whittier Hall, where, on at least 2 evenings in the week the Hall was cleared to accomodate 2 full- size tables and plenty of surrounding space for Essex champion Will Mc Cave (Fred’s brother) to play his amazing defensive game. Others there would have been Dick Crane,his wife Mary (nee McCave), Joey Knight, Brian Thorpe and others whose names I can’t remember. The only other location possible might have been the Drill Hall in Runnymede Rd, there certainly would have been enough space there! Perhaps somebody might have recollections of table- tennis tables there. My guess is the cup was donated some time in the 50s.
Yes I was there too on the trip to Texaco. We got given pens and key rings. I had my photo taken with Michelle Fletcher and it was in the evening echo. The teacher is Mr Farrah. I have a newspaper clipping I can send to pop in here if you would like it.
Love the picture and good to see a different view of Smallgains Farm.
I am drawn to the “path” that the family are standing on and find it interesting as I believe that this was was exact route the Winter gardens Tramway/Monorail took and wondered whether this is a vestige of this Island infrastructure.
Mr BATEMAN first appears in the Electoral Roll in Autumn 1926.
He rented a Bungalow and Shop from Mr PRICE POWELL which was adjacent to Bond stores.
I am inclined to agree with Mr Rod BISHOP. The factors that make it distinct are: 1. A Brick built property that is quite close to a counter wall/sea wall. 2. What appears to be the mainland in the far background, Suggesting the photographer was looking North(ish). 3. A left hand bend in the sea wall.
If you look at the following page, it would be the Farm house on the left of the page. https://www.canveyisland.org/places-3/canvey-farms/smallgains-farm/smallgains-farm
It’s Shell haven farm, near the creek, South Benfleet.
This photo appeared in The Narrow Guage Railway Society’s special edition of 2016. The special edition, written by John L. Townsend, focused on Caillet’s Patent Mono-Rail System 1893. The vehicle pictured is Type 19 horse hauled tram car for 12 passengers from the Monorail Portable Railway Company brochure of 1898, reproduced in the special edition courtesy of the Guidhall Library, City of London.
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