'Full Stop' - Leigh Beck

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This is a property in Leigh Beck called ‘Full Stop’. Martyn Kaye’s grandparents, Stanley and Edith Kaye, lived there in 1921. It was quite a large house and Martyn seems to think the property was at the end of a road. According to his mother it was a ‘summer’ home but the family were actually living there at the time of the 1921 census. Martyn says the house burnt down sometime before 1960.

We now know the property was originally called Riversdale and was owned by the Abrahams family.

Martyn would like to know where the property was. Obviously somewhere East of Furtherwick. Does anyone remember? Please comment below.

Dated 1922

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  • The property was down Norbotten Rd. Which is modern day St Anne’s Road. The family purchased a property called Riversdale from the Abrahams family and quite a bit of land. The gardens you see was on the opposite side of the road.

    I believe it was the Kaye family who built “The Market” which was down London Rd.

    I suspect that the name Full Stop was a reference to a restaurant or tea room that they wanted to build but that needs further research.

    After the Kaye family sold the facility it became the Cavendish club. And I suspect burnt down or rebuilt after that.

    By Martin Lepley (11/02/2022)
  • I have uploaded to the page a map showing where you have described Martin. Dated 1922.

    By Janet Penn (11/02/2022)
  • Found a photo of the road with St Anns at the bottom and this house on the left.

    By Janet Penn (11/02/2022)
  • The story starts in 1906 with Mr & Mrs ABRAHAMS placing planning for a property they called Riversdale.
    The property was single story and had 6 rooms. A further annex which abutted Gainsborough road was a stable (for 2 horses) a cartshed and an Earth Closet.

    The property itself was (at this time) the second property down Norbotten Rd. The first being “The Ranch”.
    The land opposite (on the other side of the road) in 1910 had a Tennis court on it as well as non habital buildings.

    The Kaye family purchased this property (and I assume various parcels of land) in 1918.

    The Kaye family lived at Tourdine, Boston Avenue, Southend-on-sea according to the 1920 Electoral Roll, presumably using the house as a summer residence.

    In the 1921 Electoral Roll the abode is now on Canvey.

    In 1921, Mrs E.D. Kaye applies for planning to build a “Refreshment Room” along the London road. The Kaye Family owned a piece of land between Gainsborough Avenue and the Ranch facing the current High Street (London road).

    I did wonder whether “The FULL STOP” related to the name of a restaurant or cafe. This Refreshment room along the London road ended up being “The Market” and pictures of it can be seen on this fine website.

    The Kayes sell the Market and the house in 1924.

    By Martin Lepley (11/02/2022)
  • Great thanks Martin.

    By Janet Penn (11/02/2022)
  • My great grandmother, Sally Abrahams, lived there with her family at some time after she was widowed. I have a few photos of the house and surrounds if you would like them.

    By David Woolf (13/05/2022)

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