This guest house was situated in Venables Close and backed onto the grounds of the former Furtherwick Park school. It was advertised in the 1953 copy of Captivating Canvey and this prompted me to have a chat with Freda who I originally met a few years ago at the Castle Point Lady Diners Club.
The guesthouse which closed around 1970, was owned and run by Freda Feber’s parent’s-in-law. Her husband Wallace’s parents were Harry and Margaret Feber who died in 1961. They moved onto Canvey possibly in 1948. The family was originally from Romford where Harry worked at Fords for 40 years. When he retired Freda thinks he bought the guesthouse, which Freda thinks was a former doctor’s surgery, as a retirement project. Apparently he also bought a 12-seater Thames bus and he’d use it to take and fetch the men who worked at Fords. He also had a large Hayter lawnmower to cope with the big garden of the guesthouse and sometimes he helped out neighbours with cutting their grass. The guesthouse had 6 bedrooms, one toilet and separate bathroom upstairs and downstairs an outside loo. There was also a tiny kitchen and scullery. A separate flat on one side was also for summer visitors. At one time they’d had relatives from Oldham to stay regularly and occasionally the police would ask them to put up ‘waifs and strays’ temporarily.
At some point in the 1970s it was demolished and possibly in the 1980s a block of flats was built there.