High Street, Benfleet

Can anyone date this photo?

The old railway crossing gates are in the foreground, this picture was taken from the footbridge, but can anyone date the picture?
Joan English (nee Phillips)

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  • A copy of this photo is reproduced in Norman Chisman’s “Bygone Benfleet” book (Illustration No. 42). The caption reads: “Staff outside their new station in 1912. Powell’s restaurant is on the left and Cash Drapery Stores on the right. In the centre is the grain store later used as an auction room.”

    By Julie Summers (26/07/2013)
  • Looks pre-WW1 to me: the ‘long’ exposure required for the photo, (in daylight), style of dress; the iron fencing not yet taken up for war materials. My guess is between 1900-1914/15.

    By Tom (23/07/2013)
  • We think this my be closer to 1920.

    By Margaret M (25/02/2012)
  • New station opened in 1912…

    By mark thres (26/01/2012)
  • After the new station was built whenever that was. I have the same picture but it is printed on the front  ’Benfleet from the new station’.

    By Janet Penn (30/11/2011)

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