Helen Stewart (nee Pickford)

Painting Benfleet in the 1940s

Helen’s family moved from the Peak District to Benfleet in 1931 when she was 3, so that her father could take up the post of organist at St Mary’s Church. Working mostly in watercolour she was very much an outdoor artist, roaming the open spaces and capturing the “village” feel of the time. A recording of her memories covering the period 1931 to 1952 has been added to this website.

Helen Stewart (2013)
A Younger Helen among the stucks
Waterfront view
Hard at the Hoy and Helmet
View of Benfleet from Pitsea direction
Looking west
Silver birches in the Wheeler house opposite the water tower in Benfleet Road
Looking down at the Anchor/Post Office from St Mary's Road
Church from the waterfront
Reeds Hill farm
Reeds Hill farm
St Mary's porch by Helen's sister, Jean Stewart
"The desolate farm". linocut of medieval barn in 1945, located near railway line to the east of Benfleet station ....believed to have survived until the mid 1960s, used during the war as a night shelter for pigs.
Water tower and Essex Way
The Close - A view often blocked by laundry hung out to dry
Canvey from Hill End
Watercolour of Thundersley Glen
Helen Stewart

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