Where did the buttons come from?
I want to ask if anyone remembers a large field, down a lane off of the London Road at Tarpots which was known locally as ‘Forty Acres’. I played there as a child in the early to mid 1950s and remember finding large numbers of buttons there, not just a few but hundreds. As a child I didn’t give it much thought but I would really like to know how they got there.
I was born in Benfleet in 1942 and lived in Clarence Road. My first school was Benfleet Primary and then I went on to King John School. When I was around 11 years old my family moved to a house in the London Road, near Tarpots, called ‘Baradine’, which is no longer there now, having been demolished to make way for a large estate.
I left Essex for Kent at the age of 15 in 1957 when my family moved. I do have so many happy memories of my childhood in Benfleet, where my father was a builder, F.B. Stevenson, and I still think of myself as an ‘Essex girl’.
I love your web site and call it my magazine as it is just like being back home when I read all the news.
If anyone can shed any light on where the buttons came from, I would be so grateful.
The old photo, below, was most certainly taken a lot earlier than the 1950s. However, it does show the vast expanse of open land where it is believed ‘Forty Acres’ was.
From the map it can be seen that this area corresponds now to the land situated behind Robert Drake School.