'There's a pub at the bottom of his garden!'

Newspaper article from 'The Local Review' 1962

Vic Barnes, a larger than life local character, turned his old garden shed into what most males would love to have at the bottom of their garden.

Article from 'The Local Review' newspaper 24th January 1962
Picture from the front page of 'The Local Review.'
The Local Review
The Echo Newspaper 15th September 1970
Echo Newspapers
The Echo Newspaper 15th September 1970
Inside the bar
Jackie Barnes
Vic Barnes at the bar
Jackie Barnes

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  • Uncle Vic was my mother’s elder brother, there was another brother, Uncle Len who was a talented poet and he also lived in Benfleet. We had some great times at Vic’s place, in his pub in the garden. He was a well loved character in South Benfleet, and he really was my mentor as a cartoonist….

    By Don Thompson of Benfleet and latterly Hadleigh. (28/02/2018)
  • I remember when Vic (known as Uncle Vic) had a houseboat in the creek and we all used to go there and swim close by. 

    By keith little (23/09/2014)
  • Wow – I’m amazed to see these articles and pictures of my grand parents that I haven’t seen since I was a young teenage. Thank you all for your kind comments and bringing back so many happy family memories. I currently own my granddads set of war time diary cartoons & will definitely post them on this site in the near future 🙂

    By Jon Barnes-Jones (27/02/2014)
  • I remember Mr and Mrs Barnes very well, I’ve still got my first proper sheath knife I bought there for the grand sum of 32/-.  I used to give Mr Barnes eels I caught on the Hadleigh Downs.  A lovely couple.

    By kev (30/12/2013)
  • I have seen quite a few of his cartoons, many of them were done while he was serving in the army based in the Falklands during WWII.  They were very good.

    By Margaret March (22/11/2013)
  • Vic Barnes was a talented cartoonist, perhaps Jackie has some to share?

    By John Dickens (19/11/2013)
  • Err! Was Vic Barnes ever in Benfleet Sailing Club say around 1963 ish or do I remember someone else? I used to buy all my fishing stuff and airgun pellets in his shop I think?

    By Michael Reed (28/09/2013)

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