Images of Benfleet from the collection of Pauline Adams

A selection of photos, postcards and prints courtesy of Simon Watson

Pauline Adams is one of many people over the years that we have to thank for taking an interest in local history. The debt we owe the likes of H E Priestley, George A Robinson, C P Kean, Henry Clubb, the Barnes family, James Dugdale, Walter Bingham, the Wines family, the Matsons, Iris Sugg and many more is immense.

Whether it was research undertaken or collecting material relating to Benfleet or taking photos or leaving memoirs, their efforts have provided a solid foundation for our generation’s input. Pauline was both secretary and treasurer of the Benfleet and District Historical Society at various times.  Some of the images will be familiar …others less so, I suspect.

There remain a few where the location is not clear so any help will be welcome…

Church Corner
Coming across
Five Elms
Waiting to cross
Up the West End
Up the East End
Unusual view of the Anchor
Typical black-boarded creekside cottage
A country lane, Benfleet
Cyclist with child and dog
My best guess is that this is approaching Hope Road from Hopes Green - suggestions welcome
Bottom of Vicarage Hill. Cottage on left still there
Snowy scene, but where?
Heading for the bottom of Vicarage Hill
Methodist church in the Endway (now Essex Way)
East Street
Endway Cottages
Church Corner
Benfleet waterfront
Steps up to the churchyard
The ferry
The Endway?
The hard or helmet
The ferry and passengers
High Street
An Endway Cottage
The Hoy Inn
High Road (London Road)
Watercolour of Benfleet Creek - artist unknown

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