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Number2 is Michael Flaherty ( John’s brother) 3. Lee Clark 4 Danny Edwards 5. Andrew Lagden 6. ? 7 Noel Howard 8 Mark Larmen 9. Jamie Saunders 10 Stephen Hayes
Hi Greta, I’m Flavia’s eldest daughter Sarah. Sadly, mum passed away February 2019 after a long brave battle with cancer but kept her sense of humour til the end.
I went there from 1970 to 75 sister Veronica was still head teacher
Great story, I have recently acquired an all wooden Shearwater in need of renovation and would love to try and find a way of dating her? I am led to believe that the mark 3 was wood/fibre glass model, so would anyone know if my acquisition is a mark 2 model? Any information would be greatly received.
It is so nice to see a clear close up picture of this hotel as that is how I remember it. I lived there in possibly 1948-1950, I think I was 4 or 5 years old and was fostered by a lady named Ann who owned the hotel and whose grown up daughter Eileen also lived there. Their surname may have been Everett? I think I was there for 2 years. I remember running across the road (very little traffic then) and over a hump and was amazed to see so much water! I had never seen a beach before. In 1953 after the flood and now living with my parents on Canvey, I went back to Marlborough House Hotel to see ‘Auntie Annie’ & Eileen but only saw Auntie Annie who seemed to be living in one of the rooms and said someone else owned the hotel now. These are all quite vague memories now 74 years on!
I wonder if Jean Nunn might have confused “David Maguire” with my brother Peter Maguire? I think he was in the same year as this class, but we both agree that the boy indicated does not resemble the young Peter. He believes the photo may be of another class in his year. Moreover, we are unaware of another “Maguire” family on the Island at that time, although we could be wrong about that.
My great grandmother, Sally Abrahams, lived there with her family at some time after she was widowed. I have a few photos of the house and surrounds if you would like them.
My grandparents, Valentine and Alice Crick, used to live in the house on the left in the photo. I think they must have lived there from the mid to late 1930’s until my Nan passed away in 1963. In 1963, my Nan rented the house from Mr Riordan, who owned the newsagents situated on the main road at the end of “Bishop’s Arcade”. The house was named “Ivanhoe” and did front on to Arcadia Rd. Mr Bond lived next door even after the present row of shops were built on what is now the main road.
Sorry another update! Ken has now changed the name Bateman to BEARMAN !!!🙂 G.
Hi Tony and Robert, Re my previous comment about the photo of what was ‘ Hutt’s bungalow’ ‘ it was from the 1968 fresh water flood and there is a new build on the site but Billy Wells’ bungalow is still there you can just see a bit of it on the left! Graham.
Hi I’m Barry Isaacs who was the drummer with Sweet Thing. I can’t say if Stan worked for Nore Electric. From what I remember when Sweet Thing together Stan worked for a local Furniture Manufacture and his brother Dave Tite worked for the Civil Service. I have not spoken to Stan for quite a few years but the last time we bumped into each in Southend High Street Stan was working for Southend Council. Hope this, may help
Hi. Recognised my mate Ken Harding on the back row far right. He is Australia now so I e-mailed him to confirm and he sent back some more names: Back row far left was called Murray, just arrived at the school from S.Africa (got a feeling I know him as well , his Dad was manager for Mac Hayes ,coal merchants and building supplies). Back row 3rd from left: Brian Smith Back row middle: Frank Saul Back row 3rd from right: Alan Bateman Middle row 3rd from left: Maybe a boy called Parsons, he couldn’t remember his first name and next to him, Dave Edmunds but Ken says he is not sure! Hope these are right but are as accurate as I could understand them from Ken’s e- mail. Graham.
Hi Graham, that is the name that i was trying to think of [the Hutts ] I bumped into one of the Hutts in Thundersley in about the 90s when i was delivering skips, he had retirered by then by was doing a bit of part time gardening for people.I can always remember when there were repairing the boat there Heath Robinson idea of bending the planks to put on the boats. It consisted of a long piece of hollow steal, erected at an angle, one end was capped then filled with water, a fire was set alight unerneath it and lengths of planking slid inside, when the fire got hot enough it caused the wood to bend to the desired angle they wanted.
Hi Tony and Robert I think you must have moved into that that bungalow next to Billy Wells’ field before the Hutt family. Roy Hutt was my brother Trevor’s best friend, his Mum was German and they moved to Germany where Trev met up with Roy in the late 60s. From the photo I remember your sister quite well but although I remember your name I am sorry for the moment I can’t put a face to it. If you still live on the Island and I have been knocking around delivering bread for all those years I’m sure our paths must have crossed many times. There is a photo of the bungalow on the Archive behind a flooded pony field, not sure if it’s 53 or freshwater flood of 68. 😀 Graham.
I take it your house backed on to Billy Wells Bob , because Billy lived in Gafzelle Dr.Was you the family that had a fairly big boat in your garden you were repairing.
My sister Sylvia Mayhew is the Second on the left at the back, she 3 years older than myself, we moved to Canvey late in in 1953. My Nan lived down Gainsborough Avenue right next to Billy wells where he kept the horses. I still live on Canvey but my sister lives in Swansea
They have sponsored us before Martin.
That’s nice of them. Particularly as they are not based on Canvey.
Thats my Dad in the bowler hat and blonde wig Bill Elliott
I remember him using burnt cork for the black and on his face
They do not show sun on the front on both photos at all. The second is from the side with shadow on the left. If same property why wouldn’t the windows and porch/entrance be different front and back with the chimneys being changed over time. The other photos we were given from the same source were from Canvey and we do have photos of similar properties. As to the girls rest home – it was a suggestion when we were given them.
In my opinion:
The two views do not show front and back. Looking at the shadows cast from the verandah, the sun is in front of both dwellings.
Although similar in appearance there are a number of differences between the two dwellings: 1. Chimney to left of property, as mentioned in text above. 2. The Porchway surrounding the door is different in construction including how it protrudes from the verandah. 3. Different front door. 4. In the top picture the bottom of the windows on the extremes are lower. In the second picture all the windows are the same size. 5. There appears to be some differences in the verandah but difficult to see exactly.
These differences suggest to me that they are different dwellings.
I cannot see anything that would suggest they are the Girl’s Rest Home cubicles.
I wonder where they come from and what makes someone think they are Canvey at all.
Just my opinion and, of course, I could be wrong.
I remember in late 1950’s Claxton’s furniture store being situated at the junction of High street and Larup Ave. where the 2nd Tower radio store was situated until recently. On the other side of road and opposite where the CC Clothing shop now stands, stood a men’s clothing shop, (actually two wooden containers connected together) It was raised above ground level and entered via a dogleg series of steps. I remember it was the only shop that sold hats and Scout and Guide uniforms. I well remember buying my first ‘Mountie’ style scout hat from that shop my most notable memory being, the head measurement the shopkeeper insisted I required before buying. PS I still possess furniture bought from Claxton’s (modern furniture is cheaper nowadays; – in more ways than one). Also on the south-side of high street where there now stands Kerry’s nail & sunbed studio was situated a dentist surgery Named Fearney’s. Many older residents will have memories of Fearney who was nicknamed by us youngsters as biff the sniff and rumoured being fonder of using the Anaesthetic gas than dispensing . However as Elton John once said. “When a rumour doesn’t go away it’s no longer a rumour.”
There are two options for “Claremont”.
The first is down Kamerwyk Avenue.
The second (and possibly more likely) is down Oxford road. Claremont was on the West side of the road. Perciville was on the Eastern side. Claremont was between “Doreen” and “Ora J. Cottage”
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