Old Images of Canvey Island, Essex

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Old photo postcard Post Office Canvey Island Essex c1904

Glimpse history through old images of Canvey Island, Essex, England.

Lighthouse Keepers 1951

A very brief newsreel from 1951 indicated how important the lighthouse was to the local yatch club and community.

Canvey Island Part Of News In Flashes (1951) – British Pathé on YouTube


Floods 1953

In 1953, about 10,000 of Canvey Island’s residents had to find temporary accommodation in nearby Basildon, as flood waters caused substantial damage to homes, shops and businesses.

Canvey Island Floods (1953) – British Pathé on YouTube


Historic Book

Extract from: Transactions of the Essex Archaeological Society – Volume 4, by Essex Archaeological Society

Published in 1893

Pages 141 – 142

Among the State Papers ( Dom . Ser . ) are the following letters
relating to this event :
June , 1667. Chelmsford . Sir John Bramston to William Herris ,
Lincolns Inn .
The alarm is hot enough . Sir H. and the greatest part of his
regiment has marched to Lee ; and the enemy have burnt houses
and barns in Canvey Island , and are fallen back to the buoy of the
Nore . Thinks they will attempt Wakering , Fouluess , & c . Sir
James Altham says my lord’s regt will be at Chelmsford this evening .
The town cannot supply them with gunpowder if they come with
out it , as it is presumed they will .
Harwich . 11 June . T. R [ oss ] to Williamson.t
Their whole fleet except six have gone towards the river , and
Sir Hen . Appleton writes that they have plundered Canvey Island .
Many small boats attend them for the purpose . Thinks they mean
little else than to steal sheep , which they attempted at St. Osyth ,
but retired when the people appeared . The militia are very
cheerful for service .
June 11. Dover . Jo . Carlisle to Williamson .
It is said they have fired Lee in Essex : the guns were heard
yesterday till 10 p.m.
Many unfounded rumours were flying about at the time , and
this information was certainly erroneous .

Sir
June 14 , 1667. Chatham . John Coney , Surgeon , to Williamson .
On the 9th the enemy stood up towards the Hope . The 10th , this
morning fired several houses in Candia ( Canvey Island in Essex ) .
Canvey Island lies but a few miles below East Tilbury .
Henry Appleton ( the Sir H. referred to in Sir John Bramston’s
letter ) seems to have commanded a Militia Regiment . His seat
was at Jervis Hall , South Bemfleet , though at this time he resided
at Great Baddow . He was likely to be well – informed , as he had
considerable property in Canvey Island . But the statements , as
respecting Canvey , are corroborated by the Rev. George Maule ,
Rector of Vange , who had a farm there and could not be under a
mistake , when on the 23rd September , 1667 , he , in his will ,
directed the residue of his goods , chattels , and plate to be bestowed
” in erecting and new building of my house and barn on my farm
in Canvey , lately burnt down by the Dutch . ” His homestead was
not more exposed than some others in the island and elsewhere , as
high as Tilbury Hope . The traditional belief that the Tower of

the church was destroyed by the Dutch is no doubt true , though
no written record may have been preserved of it . An order and a
warrant for the militia to march to Leigh also occur among the
State Papers at this date .
Thanks having been unanimously given to the Vicar ,
Mr. Barter , for the pains he had taken in developing
the buried foundations of the aisle and tower , and to
Mr. Hayward for his descriptive lecture on the church ,
the meeting went to the site of the discovery of enormous
masses of human remains which had been deposited outside
the east wall of the churchyard , and brought to light while
constructing a military tramroad to the new fort . They
were obviously of comparatively recent deposit , probably
removed from some extensive charnel houses . Many of
the bones were partially charred and had been extensively
subjected to the action of fire .
The Secretary said that he would hazard a conjecture , so
enormous was the mass that had been already removed and
reinterred , that possibly they had been brought from the
vaults of London Churches prior to their rebuilding after
the great fire of 1666 , as means must have been found for
disposing of such remains . They could be conveniently
landed near and it is obvious that they were deposited as
closely as possible to the churchyard which would not have
admitted of their reception .

A kiln , apparently Roman , in which one large Roman
tile was found , was completely filled with them , but there
is no ground for thinking that the remains , which attracted
much notice at first were other than of comparatively late
deposit . It seems advisable that this statement should be
made to prevent future erroneous reports and speculations .
From the quantity of remains of Roman pottery found
on the verge of the river there is reason for believing that
there were Roman potteries in this district , as at Upchurch
on the banks of the Medway .

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