Rosalynd Green's Memories

Growing up on Canvey Island (1950's)

Rosalynd Green contacted me via the Canvey.org Forum and sent in these wonderful Photos and Memories from c1950’s Canvey Island.

Rosalynd writes…..

“This Photo was taken at Northwick camp, I think about 1950”

The picture with the pedal car is the old army camp down Northwick lane. There were workshops there last time I looked but the one my family lived in was gone. My Mother lived down there (I’m sure Iris and George White lived there also) just after the war until I believe the council houses were built in Cedar Rd, where they all later moved.

The boy in the car is my brother Graham Gibbs who sadly passed away in 2000. I don’t know who the other children are besides my other two brothers. My Mothers name was Sylvia Garside Gibbs and she passed away in 1999. She lived there with my Dad Bob Gibbs. The second photo was taken at the creek, I would think somewhere near Northwick Camp.

 

This, I’m sure is either the same week or day as the second fancy dress photo. Mum is in the plaid skirt holding my brother Grahams hand, who appears to have won first prize although he doesn’t look too pleased about it! She’s holding my sister who was born 1952, she looks just a bit older than a year to me, so I’m pretty sure it’s 1953. You can see a swing in the background, not that if that helps much.

I am pretty sure this was Coronation day Fancy dress competition. Now the pretty lady with the lovely white shoes on and the head band, holding the hand of little girl with the beautiful corkscrew hair is, or maybe was, Ivy Edwards and the little girl is called Sharon. They used to live up by Tewks Creek and I think maybe they lived at the camp together but I’m really not sure.

The fancy dress competition was I think to do with the coronation or carnival and was an Island event. This is my brother Graham again, posing as Charles Atlas. I would think that would have been 1953 summer before the flood. I have another picture simular, I will send it to you. Sorry I dont know where abouts it was taken but definately the Island. Maybe the Paddocks??

I should think theres a few people in the picture who are still about they might be able to add some info if they recognise themselves. I’m so, so sorry I can’t be more helpful.

But!!!!! you have a picture of a barn on your www.CanveyIsland.org.uk site that looks awfully like the one that was at the bottom of Northwick Lane at Mr Lazels farm (which was just behind the camp) could it possibly be? We used to go picnicking and blackberrying down there years ago.

Regards Roz Green

Thanks to Roz for these wonderful memories and Photos. If you can add names to people or places please enter a message below.

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  • Canvey was my second home. We had a caravan in the 50,s on Colonel Fielders site. Every Friday mum packed our case and we drove of to Canvey. Only from Barking but it seemed never ending till we got to Benfleet. I wanted to know if there are any pics. or does anyone remember The Cosy Cafe. A lovely homely lady served there Oh for the return of those days. Also the bingo on the front and Yes I still have a photo of me on Winston the donkey. Happy times Edna

    By Edna (12/07/2009)
  • Flory Lake was the owner of Cosy Cafe

    By Rich (13/11/2009)
  • Ah! The Cosy Cafe, real home cooking. On the corner of Gills Ave it really lived up to it’s name. I used to deliver rolls and scones there in the early 60s. It was a bit up-market too, most of the dinner-time clientele were people like Selby, the architect, and from Beecrofts Solicitors and the Council Offices.

    By Graham Stevens (02/02/2010)
  • I’m not entirely sure, but I think I’ve just spotted myself in the photo of the fancy dress competition. I always remember Mum talking about me winning a prize (I think) for being dressed as Little Mo, the tennis player. I would have been 5 in 1953, so it does fit. I have a vague recollection of it  taking place in the Paddocks, as Roz suggests. I think it must have been after the floods though, as it looks  lovely and sunny, not January/February weather. Thanks for posting these photos. They’ve taken me back years!!  :)  

    By Cheri Arlenghi (20/02/2016)
  • Rich ,thank you so much, yes that was the lady Florrie, such a lovely little lady.

    By Edna Reynolds (10/04/2016)

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