Rebuilding the Seawall in 1953
Sunken Marsh by Peter Lee
During March to September 1953, Peter Lee worked as a junior site engineer with John Howard & Co, rebuilding the sea walls around the eastern two-thirds of Canvey Island. As part of his employment he took a series of photos of the work in progress, covering both the emergency closure of a breach in Sunken Marsh, strengthening of the hard defences along the exposed frontage, building up the earth walls behind the island, and the damming and reclamation of Smallgains Creek. Recently Peter being long since retired has been clearing out cupboards and drawers and had kindly sent in these excellent photos.
Below are a set of photos showing the emergency closure of the collapsed sea wall at Sunken Marsh.
Please add any details as to exact locations or anyone you may recognise in the pictures