Essex Way Water

Strange weather events

A wave of water rushing down Essex Way in 1969 after a heavy down pour.
Bobby Fisher

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  • I lived at 1 Norwood Drive (I was 13 at the time) – seen in the photo. I remember this well; the water came up over the front step and into the hall ruining the carpet. I also remember myself and some friends from lower down Essex Way went down to see the flooding under the railway lines at Benfleet station.

    By Suzanne Hammerton (nee Wild) (19/07/2022)
  • It certainly is Essex Way; it is taken from right outside the timber cottage called Ravenswood at No.148, now my home. I have a copy from the collection of the late Brian Park who rebuilt the cottage and sold it to us in 1990, leaving his collection as “these belong to the house”.

    By Dr Derek Oliver (05/10/2012)
  • At the time I lived in Norwood Drive. The flood came as the farmer who owned the Rabbit Warren had chopped down loads of trees. It had been raining heavily and the deluge came down the side of Norwood Drive. 

    At the time there were several people who had fish ponds, the fish travelled down the road and “Uncle Fred” caught them in a net and put them in his pond which had not been touched.

    By Celia Slate (09/10/2011)
  • I couldn’t work out where this picture was taken but I have been told that it is looking down Essex Way towards St Mary’s Church and the road signposted on the right is Norwood Drive. The ornate wall and the property with turret windows, remains today. The Ford Anglia, however, does not.

    By Eileen Gamble (28/02/2011)

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