It may seem cold at the moment (December 2022) but in 1929 the weather was much colder and brought many problems.
In February 1929 the winter was a biting one. The photos below are from this time, when the estuary froze over with ‘pancake ice’. The slabs of frozen water with curled white edges caused a polar phenomenon in the estuary and some 250,000 homes in Benfleet and Canvey were frozen out with burst pipes.
The ferry boat between Benfleet and Canvey was delayed for hours on end while the oarsmen tried to bash through the ice to release the boat.
Great chunks of frozen water also cluttered up Church Creek.
The description above and the photos below are from an article, by Emma Palmer, in the Echo newspaper of December 12 2022.