Cricksea aka Greenglades
Pictures of this High Street Cafe
I recently purchased the above high quality photo Post Card of “Cricksea Canvey-on-Sea” that was on Canvey High Street on the corner of Mitchels Avenue, opposite Beach Road. Today a Petrol Garage stands on this plot (See Photo at the base of this page). Looking at the larger Photo below of the main building a sign can be seen advertising “Luncheons, Teas, Dinners”.
On closer inspection of the Post Card the building on the right is called “Cricksea Annex” (See Photo below), does anyone know what this building was used for? Look at the veranda with chairs, is that a child to the right? Perhaps this was a holiday home? Can you see the small bush shaped like a bird?
I have blown up the centre of the Photo (see below) to reveal three ladies with a baby and small child (See close up at the base of this page), all sitting on a bench with another larger bird shaped plant. In the background you can see an old Caravan, a shed, a bell shaped tent, perhaps a farm building and a lovely bungalow. The strip of land behind this plot would have been the route of Hester’s Mono Rail in 1902. Right in the distance on Benfleet Downs you can see the Water Tower at the top of Essex Way.
I understand from Trish Nichols (aka Trivianut) that the building was also (earlier?) known as “Greenglades” where her parents Reg & Jean Newman lived in the 1940’s. I don’t know the origins of the names ‘Cricksea’ or ‘Greenglades’ or when the building was demolished, but it was replaced with a large Petrol Garage that in the 1970’s was known as far as I can remember ‘Steves Garage’. Today the Petrol Garage continues with a mini market.
If anyone can expand on the history of this building and its residents and life as a cafe, please add your comments below.