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Benfleet Community Archive is creating a digital archive of Benfleet’s history. We cover the areas of South Benfleet including the Benfleet Downs, Hopes Green, Tarpots and North Benfleet.

We need help from the Community in order to populate the archive. Can you help by:

  • Contributing your own research  using the website.
  • Making comments about articles  on the website.
  • Letting us  record your memories of Benfleet .
  • Lending us your photographs  to make digital copies.
  • Lending us your documents  to make digital copies.

If you do not wish your photographs and documents to be out of your sight, then we can visit you and use our mobile scanner to copy them. Alternatively we can arrange to meet with you at  the Benfleet Library where the copies can also be made.

To contact us please email us at  info@benfleethistory.org.uk  or ring us on 0785 265 6273.

Key Supporters

The Archive would not have been possible without the hard work and initiative of Essex County Council Libraries and The Essex Record Office in supporting the entire scheme and in particular preparing a successful bid with the Heritage Lottery Fund for funds to support this and five other archive setup projects in South East Essex.

We are a member of the South East Essex Community Archive Network (SEECAN) along with the following Archives in South East Essex:
Billericay Community Archive
Hadleigh & Thundersley Community Archive
Laindon & District Community Archive
Rochford District Community Archive
Tilbury & Chadwell Memories
Wickford Community Archive


We also work in close association with the Benfleet and District Historical Society.

The Heritage Lottery Fund provided the funding to set-up the Archive in 2011.  Since then we have supported ourselves by fundraising and with the help of commercial sponsors.

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