I’m in the process of looking through the archives of my father’s side of the family, the Layzells. I’m looking through all the possessions, documents and photos, all of which have been safely kept in my family home for two generations. I’m really surprised how far back the inscriptions in the books go and most are treasures to me.
The first one I’d love to share is my grandfather’s, Albert Layzell’s, ferry bell. Albert was the first ferry man to passenger locals to and from Canvey and Benfleet.
If anyone knew of Albert and has any photos I’d love to see them. Maybe the bell may help to identify him and/or his boat!
I’m happy to hear from people who have a family link or interest. Please feel free to contact me by leaving a comment on this page. I’d love to know more!
Amongst Albert’s belongings Yvette found a photo showing the Ferry Bell at the ferry landing on the Benfleet side of the creek.