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From what I remember during a “trip round the lighthouse” when I was about five years old. I was surprised to see that the clinker dinghy hanging from the davits was also painted bright red. Of course its up to the artist how he depicts this and the boat may have looked a different colour when in the shade.
I’m 4th from right. Lee Britton
Charlie and Gwen were my Nan and Grandad. I’m pretty sure that this is at the opening of the hall at St Nicholas church. There’s a plaque as you go into the hall that says that it was opened by Nan.
The man on the left is Charlie Hollingbery and the lady with the flowers is his wife Gwen (nee Knight). They lived, for many years, in Maisonwyck in Furtherwick Road. Charlie was a builder who developed the Charfleets Estate as well as many other properties on Canvey including naming roads; Gwendalen Avenue, Agnes Drive. He also had a thriving holiday hotel business in Cornwall.
Great pics! Would love to get my hands on the originals!
The baby in the top photo, Rosemarie Stocks, just sent this in:- Mum and dad told me that the baby in the photo is myself, as mum had brought me in for all their work friends to see. I was born in February 1945. My parents were Charles/wag/Attersley and Mary Attersley.
I have the feeling is was a Mulberry Harbour which was used by the Canvey Canoe club until the flood. My father, George Chambers, was a member. When he woke up that night, he worried that it was this that beached the sea wall.
Not sure when but I think it is Freddie and his first wife Edith Fisk (nee Chambers) are 4th and 5th back from the right.
Nothing to do with a breach in the wall Danny
I lived at the point from 1967 to 1974 and this concrete barge was a favourite boyhood play area. It was a base of operations, a catapult firing range and an all-round load of fun. I think it was originally floated there to try and seal a breach in the wall, but got stranded and left there.
We were piggy backed to the houseboat. Could well have been by your Dad. Thank you so much for writing.
Jack Thomas was my neighbour. As a child I spent many a day over at his house playing snooker, pool, cards and draughts. He was such a lovely man, so kind and caring. His children’s party games were legendary. When I was really small I used to play hide and seek with his second wife Peggy. I remember his son Peter. My mum and Dad still live down Tilburg Road.
I remember Reg well he surveyed then repaired my first sailing cruiser “Kings Falcon”, and hand carved the name boards for her. I later sailed to the Fresian Islands in Germany in her. It was one of his “23 ft Seaking’s” Reg was a great man who always did a first class job. On the wall in the boatyard was a map with pins in it showing where all his yachts had been, when I came back from Germany he said “I’ll have to get a bigger map!” as Germany was not shown on it.
That’s Fred whatkins on the right
Fascinating stuff. Really enjoyed this read. I didn’t know about this early stuff, only that we had Dutch connections.
Really we enjoyed reading about the very early life of our island. Very interesting.
The Motor Shed next to Butcher was built in 1916, so not before that date.
Is it the wedding of Queenie and Stan Grey
The second photo is in fact Lakeside Corner. We have several photos taken of the area which confirm it.
I don’t think that the second picture is Lakeside Corner: there seems to be too many telephone lines for Canvey at the time suggested by the clothing of the people in the photo. Even after the Flood, Canvey still was using 3-digit phone numbers, e.g., the “Casino” was Canvey 111 until, I think, after 1958.
I believe I’m in this photo with April Lazil cant remember year but I believe it was from canvey seafront to Southend Peterpans and it was for a young boy named Cameron who was ill.
Veiw of the High Street top of Larup avenue
Well, Carol Smith née Bonner, you could’ve knocked me down with a feather when I read your comment about living in Tongres Road! Do you remember playing with a little girl from round the corner in Thielen Road? That was me, Janet. I can still remember your bungalow and garden. Didn’t your grandparents live there too? Tongres now is almost beyond recognition. I’m glad Canvey still holds a place in your heart. For my part I still live on the Island after all these years.
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