Kismet House and cottage

Taken from another page by Graham Stevens where he tells us about Kismet Cottage:- At the top of Gafzelle Drive(W. side a line of ramshackle buildings ran down from the High St, they were erected as far back as 1910 as garages for the cars of the wealthy Levi family who owned ‘Kismet’ a villa at the sea-front end of Weel Rd (now Kismet Park). This was obviously the best access to the London Rd/HighSt/Benfleet Approach (take your pick) and part of the same development would be the well constructed, brick-built chauffer’s accomodation ‘Kismet Cottage.’

According to the Essex Record Office:-

Bungalow, Gafzelle Drive junction with London Road, Canvey Park Estate First Portion
Mr N. Levi, Kismet, Canvey (Owner)
A. Loe, Island Holme, Canvey (Architect)
Mr A. Wainwright, London Road, Canvey (Builder)
Approved 1914

The map at the bottom shows the location


Kismet House
Roger Thipthorp collection
Kismet Cottage and the garages are seen on the left possibly at the time of the photo still being used for their original purpose.
Map 1; Ordnance Survey c 1919. N. of High St, buildings marked light blue 'The Settlement', pink 'Wainwright's house.S.of High St: red 'Churchside', blue 'Kismet Cottage', yellow 'Garages', green Dunmow House' not marked Nickolds' Yard and Clements' Dairies.

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