C Allingham Tobacconist and Confectioners

London Rd from 1925-1933

Clement Allingham (sometimes referred to as Charles or Chas) was born in Copthorne, Sussex in 1879 to Jacob and Eliza.

He enlisted in The Queens in 1898 and completed 21 years of service taking him to South Africa from 1899-1902. He was in Cork around about 1908 and it was here that he married his wife Annie Madge in 1910.  He served in France during the 1914-1918 war. During his service he was also in the Military Police. He was finally discharged in 1919. According to his records in 1898 he was 5’ 7¾”, of dark complexion with brown hair and hazel eyes.

The couple are registered as living in Kensington in 1920 but sometime between then and 1925 they moved to Canvey Island.

Clement Allingham lived at the ‘Corner House’ with his wife Annie. He is in the Kelly’s Directory for 1925/26 as Chas. Allingham then later 1929/1933 as Clement as a Tobacconist and Confectioner as we can see from the photo below. His shop was on the corner of Seaview Rd.

The couple leave the island before 1939 as they are registered then in Chailey, near Lewes in Sussex. During 1959-62 they are registered in Willesden. After Annie’s death in 1970, Clement became an In-Pensioner at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea where he died in 1973. He is buried at the Brookwood Cemetery in Woking, Surrey in the Royal Hospital Chelsea New Plot.

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  • The Allingham and the Madge family both first arrive in the Canvey Electoral Roll in Autumn 1923. Both living at “The Corner House, Leigh Beck”. Not to be confused with “Ye Corner House” that was situated at Smallgains corner. The house in the picture above looks like a good candidate for being “The Corner House, Leigh Beck”. The Madge family owned the property.

    Two sets of building plans are deposited in the Essex Record office under the name of Madge.

    By Martin Lepley (20/06/2018)
  • Building plan from 1924.
    Verandah for bungalow called Corner House on corner of Parish Road and Seaview Road, Leigh Beck
    Owner and builder: Frederick William Madge, Corner House, Leigh Beck, Canvey Island
    Architect: W.H. Gregson, Canvey Island

    By Janet Penn (20/06/2018)
  • I believe this shop was known as Beale’s papershop in the late fithties and early sixties.

    By Brian Mackney (20/01/2021)
  • Before Beales owned it it was run by the Cuthbert family, the father only having one leg. That was in my childhood from 40s and 5Os.

    By TONY FROST. (20/01/2021)
  • Yes, my great-grandparents Bernard and Kitty Cuthbert ran the shop before Beale. It was their son, also called Bernard, who only had one leg. Their other son, Donald, was my grandfather. They later moved to Bay Tree House on Eastern Esplanade.

    By Kate (16/03/2021)

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