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I used to work in the Low Temperature Engineering Section of British Gas in the late 70s and was involved with the filling in of the in-ground tanks. They were a problem because they could not be filled more than 25%. This was because the boil-off rate would exceed the capacity of the compressors to deal with it and there was also the problem of the permafrost which was solved by installing the world’s largest “radiator” that circulated warm oil through a pipe grid in the ground. This was installed as the ground heave threatened the above ground storage tanks. The plan for decommissioning the tanks was to freeze any remaining gas in them with liquid nitrogen and then filling them in with sand from memory. I left British Gas before the decommissioning was started so don’t know how it all went.
We went to Canvey every year from 1963 to 1979. Never had a bad year.
I have added Andy’s photo to the main post above.
Paarl Lodge was demolished in 2015, another part of our history gone forever replaced by four houses. See photograph of the garden and greenhouse being demolished prior to the actual bungalow. The second from last picture is still there thankfully and was refurbished a few year back by a young family.
Hello Jennifer, Yes, I remember you ( a quiet and shy girl) and I remember your family. With regard to the photo I do know that Ann Glennie lives in Suffolk, Sylvia and Jean Pullen, Steve Fryer and myself still on the Island. Derek Hall lives in Rayleigh. But sadly looking thru the photo a lot no longer with us. Nice of your response. Valerie (Jones)
Depends if it was on the original 1898 map. It could have just been a barn. Not showing up on any of the other maps I have looked at so far. We may never know Martin.
Ok, so you are saying that the property was gone by 1923.
Looking in to this, it looks like they must have been pulled down in 1920 when the property and land changed hands from Kynoch to Swift.
If you look at the map dated 1898 no such building is there. https://www.canveyisland.org/places-3/maps/19th-century-maps/canvey-map-1898-edited-1923
I could be mistaken but if you look at your map on: https://www.canveyisland.org/places-3/places-2-3/the-village/old_canvey_maps , the one labelled “Canvey Village 1867” you will see a property on the right hand side of the road that leads to Brick House farm but facing Haven road.
I wonder if this is a more likely candidate for the property?
But there wasn’t any other houses down there. Brickhouse farm cottages were further down and set back at right angles to the road and were single story.
I could see why you would say it is the vicarage, although I thought it might be a little to the left, off the image, and I am trying to “prove” if it could be. I could be wrong of course but assuming : The Vicarage was about 200ft from the camera position The width of the first floor was 26ft The property fits in the image about 30 times
Using trigonometry, with those assumptions above, assuming my maths is correct, it is impossible to be as close as the vicarage.
Lovely picture of Ron and Kath Sweeting!
It was the vicarage Martin
QUESTION : In the picture of “The Old Well”, on the left hand side of the picture by the child in dark clothes, down Haven Rd is a property, a large property with a chimney.
Can anyone identify this property?
I know there was a property on Haven road to the entrance of Brick House Farm ( to the right hand side of the farm entrance). I wonder whether it was that.
That’s the start of the methane terminal, the ball and sausage, that was it’s nickname at Thames road. Is the man in the photo, “ sailor”?.
Me n some pals were there in 75. Great days n Roxy fashion 50’s n 60 s clothes. Got loads of Kodak pics.
Regards Old man now👍
I’m Pc Bob Sheridan. I was the Police Schools Liaison Officer for Canvey and Benfleet during 1980’s and 90’s. I taught many young people basis first techniques. This was one of those occasions. Pc Hill was my colleague from Basildon.
It seems rather strange, to see the image, minus the eyesore the infamous Jetty.
Looks like the GymSlip we used to wear for school
Post Office with Post Box on the left…. can’t have been many post offices
Firstly yes I knew June and Johnny. June used to come over to our house and ask my dad for a rose for her buttonhole when she was going out to meet Johnny. She had the most marvelous shoes as I recall very high heels. Unfortunately I was not in the rangers when Johnny lost his trousers. but I can imagine it cause quite a laugh amongst the girls.
Oh my…..cant believe some of these pics!!! Dont seem to recognise anyone,i am either going senile or getting old! Would def say the first😁would love to hear from any old class mates i left in 1977. Please get in touch if you remember me😉
Thanks for putting me straight on that Graham.
Actually Janet Mr Ullman closed his business in Furtherwick Rd sometime in the 70s and then worked for Tower Radio for several years.
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