Is this Canvey?

Do you recognise the area?

This picture was recently in the local paper in an article about the Canvey Floods. It is not one I have seen before. Can anyone identify the location?

Update. I understand this was Gaylards Garage in the High Street.

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  • Hello It could be the filling station that was in Furtherwick road, sea front end on the corner of Leigh road or Marine approach. See the petrol pump for “National Benzole” If I’m right you are looking north and Atherstone road or Meynell ave are on the right. In recent years it was a car sales lot. Regards Sparrow

    By sparrow (06/03/2012)
  • The filling station is not the one in Furtherwick Road the bungalows opposite are too old to be in Meynell Avenue or Atherstone Road. Both of these roads were built by Fielder and the properties were of brick construction (I lived in Meynell Ave. from 1943-1965). I feel it could be Hootons Stores which was located in the High Street between Marcos Road and San Remo Avenue, but am not sure.

    By Rod Bishop (07/03/2012)
  • Hi Jan, Yes this picture has been puzzling me since I saw it in the Echo article re Kents Hill School’s Sony prize. I am very dubious that it’s Canvey. The only candidate I had in mind was Mr Valentine’s Garage that stood between Winterswyck Ave(rear of the Jellicoe pub) and Holbeck Rd looking N. across to Hannet Rd but I have checked with my sister Jenny Stacey we’re convinced that although there were old-fashioned petrol pumps they were on the Winterswyck side facing up Corsel Rd towards Point Rd.Off course our clearest memories are post Flood c1955 and the pumps in the photo COULD have been removed immediately. Conclusion; Not Canvey.

    By Graham Stevens (07/03/2012)
  • It’s definitely not Hooton’s. I lived there with my parents during the Flood, although I don’t remember much about it, but the frontage as shown is all wrong for Hootons.

    By Dee Weightman (21/03/2012)
  • Hello Just another idea There was a petrol station in the high street south side roughly where the side entrance to the Knightswick centre is now. It was next door to Bicknells fish shop. If this is correct then the road oppositen in the picture is Adelsburg or Korndyk ave. I can’t remember the name of it but it was there until the early 60s. It had the first petrol kart in essex and we used to charge round the pumps on it. Probably wrong again. Never mind. Regards Sparrow

    By sparrow (25/03/2012)
  • You’re right Sparrow there was a petrol station there it was named The Napier after the car of that name.It was owned by Ken ?

    By John Buckmaster (26/03/2012)
  • My Aunt & Uncle (Dorothy & Arthur Lee) lived in Meynell Avenue in a bungalow where their back garden opened on to fields leading to the sea until the great flood. She managed to get Uncle (who was wheelchair bound) up into the dormer from where they were rescued –  not a mean feat as they were in their sixties. I can remember Dr and Mrs Lintner, and their two sons, who lived on the corner of Meynell Ave. I can remember spending my entire summer holiday with my Aunt & Uncle and playing with ‘the boys’ right up until the flood.      

    Does anyone on the site recall those days?

    By Sandra dawson (19/03/2018)

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