Canvey in the 1950s

I remember

Canvey Furtherwick School 1958
Alan Duffield

My parents moved to Canvey from Edmonton in the summer of 1957.

My Grandparents and two uncles had lived on Canvey through the flood of 1953. We often had come down to visit them for the summer holidays. My Grandparents lived in a house called Sansovino in Trevia Ave. It was pulled down in the 1970s to make way for the supermarket at Lake Side corner.

I spent my last school year at Canvey, summer of 57 to summer of 58, coming from an all boys school in Edmonton to a Co Ed school I found very interesting.

Having left school and tried my hand at bricklaying. I did my apprenticeship at Dauntless Boat yard, by the bridge.

In 1965 I married Susan Smith (Doreen) and emigrated to New Zealand.

I took the photo so of course am not in it. Some names in the memory bank Susan Woolston, Shirley ?, Barbara ?, Frank Saul, Graham Flynn, Mrs White. Any help with names ?

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  • The lady sitting down far right looks like my sister Patricia Morgan (nee Shaw).

    By Ann Mitchell (05/10/2020)
  • The girl 3rd on the right front row, is named Janet Philby, she worked at Neales the Bookbinders on the Long Road. She lived in Rainbow Road,and married a boy from there. Think his name was Dave Merry. she had a son David he was a teacher at the school in Leigh Beck. She is now sadly deceased, she was a very nice girl.

    By janet hayward (01/12/2020)
  • I can confirm that the girl on the far right in the front row is Pat Shaw, next to her is Betty Stevens. They were my close friends all through senior school.
    Both Pat and Betty went to Municipal College in Southend and I started work when we all left school in the summer of 1958.
    The girl the other side of Mrs White is, I believe, Valerie Guyatt who lived in May Avenue. Behind her is Barry Stevens, no relation to Betty. The small boy behind Mrs White could be David Maguire.
    Mrs White taught English and French and was our form teacher for a couple of years. She was a lovely lady and a very good teacher.
    Having a newly built school, that was spacious and fresh, surrounded by playing fields, for our final year was a nice way to end our school days.
    I left the island when I married in 1970 but returned regularly over the years to visit elderly family and friends. Sadly that has now come to an end.
    Your photo, Alan, brought back many happy memories, thank you.

    By Jean Nunn (nee Rome) (14/08/2021)

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