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If you wanted to find out more about “Walingcourt”. There was a planning application approved 1st April 1952 when drains were installed. This might include the location of the property.
The plans are in the Essex Record Office (Chelmsford), and will be within item D/UCi 2/4, and the planning reference is “7413”
Thank you John for adding a little more to your father’s story. Do you by any chance have a photo of him? It would be great if we could add one to the site.
Thanks for the latest posts. They have added another couple of parts to the jigsaw. I am John Francis Alcindor, son of Cyril Charles Alcindor. My father was stationed on the island, I believe, in 1944. That’s where I was born, on D-Day! My birth certificate gives my birth address as Warlingcourt, Weel Road. I haven’t found Warlingcourt so presume it was destroyed in the Great Flood. I presume that my father was involved with the anti-aircraft batteries on Canvey, but Army records don’t provide any information. After I was born, we moved to Blakeney, Norfolk, where, I presume he was involved with RAF Langan defence. My first memory is seeing the last day of WW2 when they set fire to all the FIDO at Langan and I remember my father lifting me onto his shoulders to see the fire. We later moved to Bury St Edmunds where he was stationed for Army selection duties. He died in 1946. Earlier history, he served an electrician apprenticeship in Cheltenham where the family lived after my Grandfather died. Minnie ran a tea shop in Eckington. All three boys attended Worcester Grammar School. I was told that John Francis was a signwriter, but I knew him as a brilliant electronics person. I didn’t know that Roland was a master plumber. Another new news is that Minnie ran a Gentleman’s club, Claremont, which I knew but could never find any record in Kelly’s. I think Paul Robeson’s visit was more to do with John Francis’s association with AFU, friendship with musician Samuel Coleridge Taylor and other musicians in London. I have no idea when the family moved to Canvey, but it must have been after or during WW2 as my sister Joan was born in Cheltenham in 1941. I believe Mum and Dad stayed with Minnie at that time. Dad signed up for the Army in about 1935. He was stationed in Gravesend in 1939 when he met and married Mum. He was part of the BEF in 1940 but returned home before Dunkerque. He served in Gibraltar as RSM and was awarded a commission in 1943. He was promoted Captain in 1944. That’s all I know.
I love reading about the history of Canvey and looking at the lovely old photos. My husband and I bought an old bungalow called Tyserville and we had a little history on it , we were told that the man who built it would walk up to the sea for the water to pour the cement and it was one of very few that was made of 100% cement. I was told it was built around 1910/20. My daughter still lives in this house and it has changed over the years , it is one of the few surviving original homes on this lovely island, does anyone know any history on this home. Tyserville, Gafzelle Drive.
yes he had many American cars x
I thought you were loitering Graham. 🙂
You’re right Rod she looks impressive but who is the old git creeping up behind her ?
Yes , all of these photos seem to have been taken in different decades in Beck Rd . In the second one you can see the old Leigh Beck ( Claydon’s) farmhouse in the distance. The clinker post flood road seems to be in pretty good condition so I guess it’s mid to late 50s. Photo 3 taken later(road made up), I’m not 100 per cent but I think the guy standing by the car is the visiting local chiropodist. Anybody help out with his name?
I did. I asked Jodie.
Shame you didn’t ask permission to use photo.
So lovely to read this and I remember mum telling me Hilda was one of her first Brownies. We used to go to church parade at St Annes and march up the road with our brownie pendant. I carried it once and nearly poked the vicars eye out with it. It was hard leather. Miss Allbut was my God mother and she and Miss Gwen always had a bit of rivalry going on. One church parade the vicar announced the hymn. Miss Gwen started playing one tune and Miss Albutt, who had a loud voice started singing a different tune. They were both told off by the vicar, much to our amusement and the hymn was duly sung to Miss Gwen’s tune. I went to Georgettes juveniles and later to Gertrude Yearsdon. And yes there was a Mr Chambers who taught music and used to say ‘Poor old Mr Chambers’ in a plaintive voice.
Myself and my 2 sisters attended Girls Brigade for many years and my mum Brenda was lieutenant whilst Yvonne was captain. We enjoyed a number of camps staying in church halls all over. It was a real family affair as my Nan, Gladwys Madge used to help in the camp kitchen with Mabel, Grace, Freda ( once she’d stepped down) and the lovely sisters One of which was called Florence? One was tall whilst the other incredibly short even to us as youngsters. I recently came across a scrap book made at the Isle of Wight camp. 😂
Yes Maureen you can find it by putting the name Claremont in the search engine.
My mother always talked about the Alcindors living in the Driveway and that Paul Robeson was a visitor. My sister Pat (born 1924) was friends with one of the children. I’ve just noticed the address listed in 1939. Claremont was a club as my mother told me she used to sing there. Perhaps there was a love of music explaining the friendship with Paul Robeson? There is a photo of Clairmont on the old website.
Carol we just put what the Echo photographer had written o the back of the photo.
Im not sure both the names are correct for the girls. Claire Upcott is correct, but I dont think the other girl is Tracey Gibbons as I think it is me. (Coral Brown)
In 1939, Roland P. B. ALCINDOR (Master Plumber), John F. ALCINDOR (Sign Writer), Minnie A. C. ALCINDOR (Club Proprietress) were all living at Claremont, Westcliff Gardens, Canvey.
Could it be Leigh Beck? My sisters went to both Whittier Hall and Leigh Beck. Unfortunately, I can’t ask anyone in my family as they’re all dead.
Thank you for thinking of us Norma but I would think it unlikely to be our plane. Ours is II and was so new it had not even been painted, as I understand it, before the events in June 1944.
My name is Norma and I just purchased a photo book in Fl with the name of Peter L Hollis and it has pictures of WW 11 in it. There is a original picture of yr plane Heavenly Body in it. Not sure what else there is. If u r interested please let me know
Gerald and Mildred Quatermaine resided in the bungalow according to the 1929 Electoral Register.
In 1935, The Crocker Family owned RUHTRA In 1949, The Roberts owned RUHTRA and the property was described as number 10.
I may well be that baby born at greenglades my mother has now passed away but she always told me I was born there November 1955 it must be me if there’s no other record of another baby being born there
Hello Frances: Your dad was a first class gas fitter when I was a fitter apprentice at Canvey branch of The North Thames Gas Board, and I was often teamed with him. His tool bag was always immaculately clean and the tools well cared for!! I learned a lot about the gas fitting from Denis and used a lot of that knowledge when I continued in other areas of the gas industry here in Canada, your dad was a classy man.
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