This photo shows a very young George Chambers with his mother Doris visiting her friends the Goddard family at their very ornate bungalow at Leigh Beck. George’s mother had become friendly with the family when they were customers at Chambers’ shop at Small Gains so George believes the property was fairly close by. Apparently the Goddards were the owners of a successful antique dealers/pawnbrokers in London and this was their week-end/holiday retreat on Canvey. In point of fact it wasn’t a bungalow but a well-appointed, one could say, salubrious, ex railway carriage.
There were reputed to be several re-vamped carriages like this on the Island prior to the building of the bridge, just imagine the fun they must have had getting them to their destinations. I don’t know if anyone else can back me up on this but I do have vague recollections of the remains of one in Gifhorn Rd. Perhaps this could have been the ”Goddard’s Bungalow”.