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Hello I don't know if it is a coincidence but there was a Gregson family living along the side of the lake about two doors along from the Cherry Stores and within spitting distance of "The Lighthouse" They were still there until at least the 60s. I went to school with one of the boys who would be 68 now . I still see him around the Knightswyck area. Regards Sparrow

By sparrow
On 24/06/2012

Thanks Sparrow but I doubt if there is a connection the family went to Australia. The eldest son had at least two children a boy and a girl they were born in the 50s probably in Tasmania. I also have details of the youngest son in Tasmania and Canada.

By Janet Penn
On 24/06/2012

Impressed with Canvey's link to Borley Rectory!

By David Bullock
On 25/06/2012

Interesting article, Janet, but I'm sure the Oysterfleet Lighthouse still existed in the 1980s as I remember it growing up. I don't think it was pulled down until the early '90s (I remember writing a letter to my nan - an ex-Canvey resident - telling of its demolition, I may still have her reply somewhere) when the current Oysterfleet hotel began to be built.

By Nick Rutter
On 26/06/2012

Thanks Nick I did mean to put the 80s. I feel sure it was not the 90s. It was gone long before the hotel was built.

By Janet Penn
On 26/06/2012

If it was pulled down at the same time as the pub it was the nineties as I built a shed in my garden with timbers taken from the pub when it was pulled down and I never moved here till ninety three.

By John Buckmaster
On 29/06/2012

Another reason I think it may have been the early nineties was that my mother had started working at Newman & Maxwell solicitors (now Beecroft & Maxwell, just down the road) at that time and remembers the lighthouse still being there (and its demise).

By Nick Rutter
On 29/06/2012

hello, and thankyou so much for this page. I have snippets of everything you have published in my research of my ex husbands family. William Hart Gregson did indeed marry a Rita, but her name was spelt Reta Patard, and her surname was actually Hervieu. She was born on Guernsey, along with 9 other children, 3 of whom died, one male stillborn, one female at 12 hrs old, and one male at 2 months.Her parents were Jacques Andre Hervieu, born France, and Amy Flora/Florence May Quentin, born Guernsey. The other children were: Amy, Eva (dont know what happened to her, she didnt go to New Zealand), Adele, Marie, Jacques and Eugene. Reta and William were married in 1920, he was 40, she just 18. She remarried to John Leslie Woodall in 1940, he was 35, and so was she. Her sister Amy married in 1928 to Joseph Wyatt, and Reta and Amy died one month apart in 1989. The rest of the family did emigrate to New Zealand, on 6 Sept 1923, leaving from Southampton, aboard the Dorset, bound for Auckland. cheers, Julie.

By Julie Burridge (formerly Patard)
On 28/07/2012

Many thanks Julie. I had most of the info regarding the Pattard/Hervieu family but it is nice to see it confirmed.

By Janet Penn
On 28/07/2012

hello again Janet. how do i go about researching more info on this family during their time on Canvey - is there a specific website i can access, or somewhere I can write to? if there is an answer, can you send it direct to my email address. cheers, Julie.

By Julie Burridge
On 29/07/2012

There is here and the Essex record office Julie. It was only Reta and Amy of the Pattard family who were on the Island as far as we know.

By Janet Penn
On 29/07/2012

Hi Julie, Re the Pattard sisters Amy and Reta; Amy was very well known to the residents of the Newlands area in the 50s,60s &70s as the proprietoress of Greenfields Stores in Hindles Rd which backed onto the original Small Gains Creek sea-wall.

The shop (Amy's as it was usually known) was really just a wooden hut like so many other original Canvey corner shops. I remember delivering bread there in the mid 60s and recall Amy as a very gentle-mannered if slightly eccentric elderly lady who spoke with a soft Channel Islands French sounding accent. The interior of the shop was app 12 sq with an L-shaped counter facing the the single door with just enough standing room for three customers. The stock arrangment would at politest be described as higgeldy-piggeldy, I believe there was a room at the back but this could not be seen on account of Amy's unique merchandising technique i.e she piled an assortment of grocery stock on top of and around the counter. With the increasing height of the the serving area Amy compensated on her side of the counter by piling more stock for her to stand on. On entering the shop you would appear to find Amy hovering above you and serving at about head-height.

I'm sure there are many people around on the Island who still have fond memories of Amy and Greenfields Stores. Amazingly, after standing derelict for more than 30yrs, though hidden by a high fence and covered in undergrowth the building is still there and recognisable.

I didn't know Reta but my sister Jenny Stacey became good friends with her whilst looking after both Reta and her husband in their later years, she was practice nurse at a local doctor's.

By Graham Stevens
On 30/07/2012

Very interesting article, Janet. I was in contact with both sons in connection with the Borley Rectory case many years ago and will have to dig out the correspondence and reacquaint myself with it. Thanks for bringing the Gregsons back to mind! Best wishes Richard

By Richard Lee-Van den Daele
On 14/08/2012

What an interesting site ! I am Alan Gregson's daughter formerly of Tasmania, now living in Virginia USA. Of course a lot of this info on Grandpa Gregson and my father Alan I knew already, but this certainly fills in a few gaps esp. with respect to my Grandmother Rita (which is how we always knew of her). I did meet her in 1959 during a stay in the UK, when we were actually living in the house at 53 Church St . Thank You

By Stephanie Gregson Tanner
On 14/11/2012

Could Stephanie Gregson Tanner please contact me at shazulie@optusnet.com.au I would love to be able to fill in, or have filled in, more gaps in this family.

By Julie Burridge
On 22/01/2013

Hi - I'm the youngest daughter of Alan William Gregson, Stephanie's sister (see above post). This was fascinating. I have lots of memorabilia from my grandfather and other stuff - wartime diaries and letters from my father and uncle. I have been thinking of donating some of it to Canvey historical association or anyone who is interested in our slightly colourful family past. I'm based in the UK and would love to come and chat to anyone who has any interesting memories about the family.

By Leonie Gregson
On 06/06/2013

William Hart Gregson served as 2Lieut in the 10th (County of London) Bn The London Regt TF (Paddington Rifles) from29.10.1908 to 29.10.1910 when he resigned his commission.

By J PKELLEHER
On 06/07/2016

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