The Crossing

There has been a crossing-point to Canvey at low-tide for pedestrians and wheeled transport via the gravel hard on the bed of Benfleet Creek since at least the fifteenth century. There is photographic evidence from the late 19th century of the rowing-boat ferry and a variety of stepping stones.

After years of lobbying by the islanders, a road-bridge named after Brigadier-General R. B. Colvin was opened on 21st May 1931 by Alderman J. H. Burrows J.P. This was replaced by the present structure opened in 1973.

In this section will be postcards, pictures, facts and figures about the crossing.

Page link: Canvey Ferry
Canvey Ferry
March 11th 1924
Page link: Photos and Diagrams for Sale
Photos and Diagrams for Sale
The building of the bridge 1931
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1931 Bridge Under Construction
Causeway still in use
Page link: Frozen Creek
Frozen Creek
What year did the creek freeze over?
Page link: The Ferry
The Ferry
Two Photos c1920s
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The Ferry
Pre 1931 postcard
Page link: Showing the New Bridge
Showing the New Bridge
From Colin Letchford
Page link: Waiting for the Ferry Boat
Waiting for the Ferry Boat
From Colin Letchford
Page link: The Old Bridge
The Old Bridge
Nearly finished
Page link: Postcard of the Ferry
Postcard of the Ferry
Printed by Walter Cox
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The Ferry
Photos by Henry Clubb c1925
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Henry Clubb
Local Benfleet Photographer
Page link: They've waited 25 years for this moment
They've waited 25 years for this moment
Essex Newsman October 1949
Page link: Approach Road Opens with a Demo
Approach Road Opens with a Demo
Canvey News and Benfleet Recorder April 13th 1973
Page link: Canvey's Bridge- Lord-Lieut. Drives First Pile
Canvey's Bridge- Lord-Lieut. Drives First Pile
Chelmsford Chronicle 23rd May 1930
Page link: The Stepping Stones
The Stepping Stones
and the old ferry c1896
Page link: The Crossing
The Crossing
from Canvey to Benfleet
Page link: Canvey - Benfleet Crossing
Canvey - Benfleet Crossing
From Dowd's Canvey Cyclopaedia
Page link: The Ferry Crossing
The Ferry Crossing
Postcard Posted 1914
Page link: The crossing to Benfleet 1930/31
The crossing to Benfleet 1930/31
Busy crossing and bridge being built
Page link: The Stepping Stones
The Stepping Stones
From the Benfleet side
Page link: The Ferry Boats
The Ferry Boats
Taken about 1925
Page link: Canvey Island's Stepping Stones
Canvey Island's Stepping Stones
Recently discovered Photo
Page link: The Opening of the Colvin Bridge
The Opening of the Colvin Bridge
and Luncheon was served
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Colvin Bridge
during construction c1930
Page link: The Old Bridge
The Old Bridge
Showing the bridge in the open position
Page link: Swing Bridge, Canvey Island
Swing Bridge, Canvey Island
Questions in the House of Commons
Page link: Ferry Tales
Ferry Tales
Problems of being an Island
Page link: The Bridge crossing viewed from Canvey Island
The Bridge crossing viewed from Canvey Island
Post Cards of the Benfleet Creek Crossing
Page link: The Bridge crossing viewed from South Benfleet
The Bridge crossing viewed from South Benfleet
Post Cards of the Benfleet Creek Crossing
Page link: The Ferry Crossing viewed from Canvey Island
The Ferry Crossing viewed from Canvey Island
Post Cards of the Benfleet Creek Crossing
Page link: The Ferry Crossing viewed from Benfleet
The Ferry Crossing viewed from Benfleet
Post Cards predating the 1931 bridge