Very Rare Photo

Can you guess where?

In this enlargement you can see it is of the Rio, Fisks and Haystack corner

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  • This picture brings back memories from the 1940’s, I believe the photo was taken from Bramble road, the shop on the extreme left was Tremains newsagents & library,next door was Chambers the grocers,then the Rio Cinema,next,the parade of shops to the right included amongst others ,Stevens the bakers,Ullmans radio shop & on the right of the parade Bateman’s gift shop with the post office inside, then the Haystack corner.

    Just to the right out of the picture & out of sight was what appeared to be the rusting remains of a searchlight and between it and the road was the newt pond,of course Castle View school now sits on the field!


    By Ian Newman (28/07/2016)
  • The single track road could be Bramble Road which runs along the back boundary of what’s now Castle View school. So I assume the horse drawn machinery is turning the hay on what was Furtherwick Farm?

    By J. Walden (28/07/2016)
  • Further to my comment on 28/07/16 re: can you guess where? The single track road is indeed Bramble Road (my grandparents used to live in a bungalow overlooking the field in the photo) I would guess the date would be some time in the 1940’s.Wherever hay was available on the Island it would be harvested by one of the local farms, even from off the sea wall! 

    By Ian Newman (09/08/2016)
  • I’ve been agonising over this picture for a while, having lived in Elm Road from 1954 to the late 60’s. I toyed with the idea that the road may be the short Hawthorn Road, but the perspective indicates it must be Bramble Road. I originally thought that the houses on the left were a combination of the top of Ash Road and Elm Road. However, the odd numbers on Elm Road were built roughly in line with the Tremains/Chambers building. The trees to the left of that building are what we, as kids, called the “Greenwood” and was our chief playground and access to the Paddocks “Rec”. These would be obscured by Elm Road, so I think this photo may predate the building of that road. I don’t know the timeline for the construction in this area, although I suggest that this photo my be more like 30’s than 40’s. I’m not sure that there would have been a great deal of development during the war years.  

    When we moved to 9 Elm Road (my grandparents lived there until the flood), the house was virtually surrounded with fields. I remember the pond at the back of our house, alive we wild life, especially newts. It was drained for the development on Furtherwick Road from Elm Road to Haystack corner (as I recall, Trott the butcher at the Elm Road end and Claxtons furniture store where Oak Road is now, with a fish shop, green grocers Bishop’s?, an opticians, a jeweller and Fred Adeoni’s “Bar-B-Q” cafe in between) and attendant carpark. As they drained the pond, hundreds of newts were stranded. Together with a friend, I undertook a rescue mission, collecting bucket loads and releasing them in other dykes and ponds round the Island. On occasional visits since, after rain, I have seen the car park flooded and have chuckled to myself at the “newt’s revenge”.

    Incidentally, on the blow up, there is a small hut where Oak Road would now start. I wondered if this could be associated with the model village that was situated there when we moved to Elm Road, or even the fortune teller’s hut?

    Tony Maguire

    By Tony Maguire (13/08/2016)
  • Ian Newman’s comment brought back many distant memories! I lived at 118 The Parkway from 1941 all through the war and did a paper delivery route for Mr. Tremain, late 40’s. The trees to the left of Tremain’s was also a great place to do some climbing and other fun for our group from the immediate area. Many memories from the Rio Cinema, they continued showing the film program, even during ” air raids ” and, local well known lady, Peggy Deller often stood around  the corner opposite The Haystack pub, her deep, low voice was unmistakeable!! These were  traumatic and difficult times for the youth of Canvey as I remember.

    By Gerald Hudson (13/08/2016)

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