Renting it in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
In the late 1920s and early 1930s Miss Garnett from London W11 rented the Dutch Cottage. In January of 1932 she sent her 6 months’ rent of £6. 10s. (£6.50p in today’s price) to the solicitor handling the agreement. This time, however, she has to inform him that this is the last time she will be renting the cottage and she’s very sad about that.
But she has a friend, a Miss Arnold, who she says is financially reliable and willing to take on the lease of the furnished cottage. “She knows the place and loves it. Her father knew Canvey in the olden days when he went shooting there”.
Miss Garnett also takes the opportunity to point out that the thatching on the roof needs attention, a large crack in the back wall needs repairing and the kitchen roof is leaking badly. The agent agrees the roof needs attention but that it might take some time because thatchers are scarce.
Later that year the repairs have taken place and Miss Garnett describes them as a “great improvement” which makes the place “much warmer and habitable”.