Recording the changing face of Benfleet: Part One - Demolition and rebuilding

The photographs of Tom Scott

The 1960s saw dramatic changes to Benfleet, in particular to the creekside view of the village. The railway bridge had tarmac rather than water running under it …..many of the black boarded cottages and commercial premises were demolished to make way for Ferry Road as it is now.

Fortunately there were photographers who had documented how it once was and in Tom Scott we have one who photographed the process of change.

Tom Scott owned the Motor Torpedo Boat “Bendigo”, which was moored by Benfleet Bridge until the barrier was built in 1977. These photographs come courtesy of Dennis and Anne Gredley (niece) via Keith Webster.  For further pictures see part two.

Channelling the water
Building site 1
Building site 2
Building site 3
Building work creekside of railway line
Traction engine still at work
Traction engine on the move
Front section of Argent's shop being demolished
Front section of Argent's shop demolished
Removal of front section of Argent's shop
Traction engine "Dauntless"
Between railway line and creek
Creekside building site
Just west of bridge
Building site
Shops backing on to graveyard demolished
Creekside looking west to the Hoy
Crane takes a tumble
The Railway bridge
Crane on its side
Demolition in progress
Looking east

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