My time on Canvey.
My name is Brian Jarrald, I was born on Canvey in 1944, so I guess I am an Islander, went to live in New Zealand in 1961, when I was 17. My parents were married during the war at the Parish Church by the King Canute. I attended Primary & Secondary school on Canvey and had a wonderful childhood on the Island.
I have stumbled upon this website and will search through some old photo’s to see if I can find anything useful for the archive. I have a lot of memories of the flood, and what Canvey was like during my time there.
I lived at 1 Beechcroft Road, off Long Road, the house is now demolished, it was one of three in a row, of “new style” Octagonal shaped Dutch Style Cottages built in the 1930’s, the other two remain, ours was the first closest to Long Road, next to the present thatched one, there was another one built up near The Point, not sure if it is still there. They mimicked the two very old Dutch Cottages still standing, but are larger, the builder originally intended to build more.
I returned to Canvey circa 1978 and in 2011 and it is much changed, but it brought back quite a lot of good memories. If there is anybody out there who I once knew or went to school with it would be nice to hear from you, feel free to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org. As I said I now live near the sea in Northland New Zealand, my main interests are sailing my yacht Gulliver, a 34 ft keeler and managing my garden, I guess living close to the water on Canvey created that first attachment to the sea, which has always been with me.Brian J.