The King Canute

and the village pump drinking trough

Thanks to the Norman Chisman archive of local photos and Jan’s revitalising of the grainy images we can show these pictures of the Village Pump drinking trough in the position we assume it was transferred to from it’s original place at the top of Holehaven Rd in the 1930s. Probably it served a useful purpose in quenching the thirst of passing horses and cattle from neighbouring farms(Cass’s, Cooks etc) for several decades in it’s position here on the corner of Edith Rd.

The King Canute taken from the corner of Edith Road showing the position of the drinking trough, possibly 1960’s.

In a recent conversation with Frank Whitnall he recalled wandering around the Village area in the early 70s with my Dad, Aubrey, and Dad looking at the trough and saying,” I think a good place for that would be down at the Dutch Cottage Museum. As we know it did eventually arrive there, probably with the involvement of Dad and other members of the,then Canvey Historical Society, but at present we have no specific date for it’s installation there. Does anybody have any info on the time ?

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