Iris Sugg

Paintings of Benfleet

The life and memories of Iris Sugg (nee Knightley ), a resident of Benfleet for 90 years, are well covered in the “People” section of the website . Here we are concerned with her paintings. Aware  that photos of old Benfleet were predominantly black and white, she decided to fill in the missing colours with a series of paintings.

Reproduced on this website by kind permission of Iris Sugg.

Knightleys (1920)
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Cottage in the Endway (East Street / Essex Way)
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Gladwell Cottage
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The Hard or helmet
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The Hard or helmet 2
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The High Road from Church Corner (c. 1900 )
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The High Road (North Street/London Road) from Church Corner
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The Institute, the churchyard entrance, Knightleys and the Anchor (1900)
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Looking past Hall Farm towards Church Corner
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Ross Wharf, with school in the distance (C. 1900)
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The Creek (c. 1935 )
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View from St Mary's Road across Canvey to Kent
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Sailing cadets in the creek
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The original Benfleet Yacht Club and the stepping stones to Canvey (c. 1922)
Iris Sugg

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  • Dorothy Thurgood also known to me as Auntie Doff. She lived behind St Mary’s Church but I don’t remember the road name. She was my absolute favourite Great Aunt!!

    By Claire Gray (nee Taylor) (12/04/2019)
  • These lovely paintings remind me so much of my childhood. My Mother, Dorothy Thurgood was born in the Endway in 1922. She knew Benfleet as shown in these pictures and told me about the stepping stones to Canvey Island.

    My Grandfather, Henry Thurgood was the village Blacksmith and his Smithy was situated between The Hoy and Helmet and the Church steps.

    By Michael Walsh (30/05/2011)
  • What wonderful images, I would have loved to have known Benfleet at that time!

    By Jenny Day (21/11/2010)

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