Horace Read local photographer

These photos of scenes of Canvey Island and the sea were taken by Mr H Read (I have also seen his name as H L Read) a local photographer I think dated 1930s-40s they are from an album given to us by Norman Chisman local historian. Some of these pictures were copied onto slides so that Norman could use them for his lectures. I believe his name was Horace Leslie Read.

Frank Whitnall met him back when he was doing his articles about the Chapman Lighthouse Frank says:-

I met him only once at his bungalow off Haven Road at some time in the 1960s when he was in his late 60s. He appeared to have retired by then and told me of his one indulgence - a daily swim off Hole Haven or along the beach whatever the weather. As far as I know he lived alone.

The photographs he showed me were entirely of a maritime nature and Canvey Island - and I could see that he was a serious and talented photographer - making me very aware of my mere 'snap-shot' capability!

During our meeting, when he agreed to lend me a number of his photos of the Chapman Lighthouse he showed me his only souvenir of the old lighthouse - a small cast-iron lion's head, smaller than a man's fist, taken from some part of the dismantled superstructure.

 

Page link: At Northwick
At Northwick
Taken 1923
Page link: Storm Clouds Gather
Storm Clouds Gather
Old Canvey Farm
Page link: St Katherine's and School 1923
St Katherine's and School 1923
Photos by Horace Read
Page link: Barges in Small Gains Creek
Barges in Small Gains Creek
Photo by Horace Read 1930
Page link: Idyllic Village Scenes
Idyllic Village Scenes
new photos by Horace Read
Page link: Scarhouse Farm
Scarhouse Farm
Photos by Horace Read
Page link: Two New Flood Photos
Two New Flood Photos
Taken by local photographer Horace Read
Page link: The Island Scene
The Island Scene
photo by H Read 30s/40s
Page link: The Village by moonlight
The Village by moonlight
photos by H Read
Page link: The Chapman Lighthouse
The Chapman Lighthouse
by H Read c1930s/40s
Page link: Scenes at Hole Haven
Scenes at Hole Haven
Photos by H Read
Page link: After the Sea Trip
After the Sea Trip
photo by H Reed c30s/40s
Page link: Summertime at Leigh Beck
Summertime at Leigh Beck
photos by H Reed
Page link: Wintry Wintergardens 1940s
Wintry Wintergardens 1940s
Photos by H Reed
Page link: Coastguard Cottages c1930s
Coastguard Cottages c1930s
Photos by H Reed
Page link: The Dutch Cottage 1930
The Dutch Cottage 1930
Photo by H Reed
Page link: The Village c1930s
The Village c1930s
From Horace Reed
Page link: New Photos of Church and School
New Photos of Church and School
Photos by H Reed c1930s/40s
Page link: Chapman Lighthouse 1930s/40s
Chapman Lighthouse 1930s/40s
From H Reed's photo album
Page link: The Old Lady of Canvey
The Old Lady of Canvey
as photographed by H Reed 1930s-40s
Page link: Canvey Seafront c1930s-40s
Canvey Seafront c1930s-40s
Photos by H Reed
Page link: Horace Reed local photographer
Horace Reed local photographer
Original photos from 1930s-40s