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93. My Island Nostalgia trip

2009.02.17
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The Dutch Cottage. The oldest building on the island.
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The Lobster Smack. This is reputedly written about in Charles Dickens' Great Expectations. It is not mentioned by name, but there is an inn matching it's description in the story.
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A working jetty near The Lobster Smack.
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And another.
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The lowest football ground in Britain. Like much of the island it is below sea level.
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When I was very little this was a bus garage. For a long time it has been a museum. It's hardly ever open though and I don't know anyone that's visited it.
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My first school; Leigh Beck Infants. Just the same as it looked all those years ago.
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And right next door Leigh Beck Juniors.
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My senior school: Furtherwick Park.
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Furtherwick is scheduled to close in 2011. It must be strange for the kids who go there now, because there is no annual intake. When the youngest year group now leaves school that will be it.
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Behind the railings is where "The Casino" used to be. An magnificent art-deco amusment park.
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The Monaco pub. It's seen better days and the ghastly paint scheme doesn't help.
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This was always known as the Labworth Cafe. I think they've tried to make it a bit more up market now.
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Despite only living a quarter of a mile away, I never went in.
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I was tempted to go in for some lunch today, but decided that for old times' sake I'd just walk past.
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This ramshackle collection of amusements is where the model village and the crazy golf used to be.
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Canvey Point. This is as far as you can go. It used to be the home of The Concrete Barge. I was very sad to learn that this has been broken up and removed. I have many happy memories of playing over there.
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My Mum's old wool shop is now a curry house. I might go in there one day to order a take away just so I can sit in there again like I did when I was a 5 year old and I used to play my records out the back on an old wind-up gramophone.
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The War Memorial Hall. There were no yukkas there when I was a kid, and no nice new roof either.
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And finally, one from the album. Me at a fancy dress competition in the War Memorial Hall in 1966. I'm number 4 in the middle. Who'd have thought you'd ever see Myra Hindley and Princess Diana in the same room together? ;¬)
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For my first 23 years I lived as an islander. My island, Canvey, is not very big. Although it only ranks at number 52 in size in the British Isles it is number 10 by population.

I still live quite close, though I rarely go back there. Today I decided to take a nostalgia trip.

Lesson:

If you plan to take photos of places you know and want to remember, it pays to do it as early as possible. You never know when things might be irreversably changed.

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On Canvey Island, 1953
Many lives were lost
With the records of a football team
I can't believe it's happening
And that it's happening now
I can't believe it's happening
It's coming true somehow


British Sea Power - Canvey Island
11 Comments
miclaud Une promenade très intéressante! Merci pour la visite...
miclaud · 2009-02-17: 21:37
lookagain Wonderful set - great B&W!! Must have been a day full of fond memories for you :) Of course, it's well-known that (then) Lady Di was a nursery school teacher - interesting that you were one of her pupils.
lookagain · 2009-02-17: 21:51
gonia you are strong right with the last lesson,last picture is v.moving.thanks!
gonia · 2009-02-18: 00:45
????? Great shots and you are very cute !!!
????? · 2009-02-18: 03:50
jet28 A fascinating series with wonderful memories :-)
jet28 · 2009-02-18: 03:57
Ryana Very nice photos !!
I like it that you share your memories with us. ;o)
You lookted cute... ;o)
Ryana · 2009-02-18: 05:50
????? Very nice collection... and realy nostalgic ;)
In a way, you are very lucky because you belong to a place.
In my case, I've lived in 14 or 15 houses during my childhood ... I don't know what to shoot!
????? · 2009-02-18: 05:50
Nubster Excellent post to commemorate your old haunts. Enjoyed the link too. You are fortunate to live so close to your early home!
Nubster · 2009-02-19: 22:12
????? Wonderful B/W's!!!!
????? · 2009-02-20: 11:00
kormoran pice of mind
kormoran · 2009-02-21: 06:32
chrisbuchan a wonderful trip down memory lane, when I used to walk with my dad he used to tell me where my dead relatives lived, very interesting!! Great set
chrisbuchan · 2009-02-22: 01:22
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