Andrew Wyatt kindly e-mailed in explaining that he had recently bought a few old glass plate negatives that may be of interest to us. He explained they are of Canvey Island and Benfleet around 1900.
‘There are six of them, and they are nice quality as they are 5 x 4 glass plate negatives which I have scanned and with some minor retouching and enhancement have restored the images, into postives.’
‘I Would be fascinated to know any more about the places featured, especially the white house with the dog and lady outside.’
‘The other farmhouse photo Knightswick Farm has two coccatwos or exotic white birds in it! This one I could find on a website regarding Essex history, and indeed it lists the 1871 census with the people living there. This was taken around 1900 – 1905 judging by the fashions.
‘The windmill is a mystery… all the others appear to be Benfleet and Canvey.’
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