An Interview with Brian Cook

Old Canvey Memories

By Jim Gray & David Bullock

On 8th August 2008 CCA member Jim Gray interviewed long term Canvey resident Brian Cook. The interview has been split into smaller segments for your convenience.

Photo:Canvey Island Seafront

Canvey Island Seafront

Dave Bullock

These memories have been edited and some names removed to protect privacy. The views expressed are solely those of the speakers and do not reflect the views of the Canvey Community Archive.

To listen click on each segment (one at a time)...

Haystack Corner

Discussing CockleJacks Cafe & Mathews & Charles Estate Agents

Tuscan Lodge

Brian's Grandads House at Leigh Beck in the 1920's

Circus People on Canvey

Seaview & St Annes Road Areas

Smallgains Club

Smallgains Farm Area

May Avenue

Nurse Morgan, Andrews Arcade & Canvey Carnival

Early Transport on Canvey

Carts, Busses & Coal Delivery

Schools & Services

Early Sewage, Water & Electricity

The Village & 'The Lonely Road'

A Movie made on Canvey

Frederick Hester & Mr Neil

Early Development on Canvey

The Maurice Road Arcade

Story of its demise

Drainage Problems on Canvey

Ditches & Dykes

Holiday letting on Canvey

Living in a Nissun Hut

The Casino & Seafront

Working & Visitors

Brians Childhood

Growing up on Canvey

This page was added by David Bullock on 08/02/2009.
Comments about this page

I was interested to hear Brian mention the Botterills these were my maternal grandparents. My mother Ruth Botterill married Stanley Coe and had six children. My mother had a connection with the Jolly Boys cafe I have a photograph of her as a waitress there. I would be interested if anybody remembers my family.

By Hazel Pope
On 27/11/2009

Please could I have a look at your photo of your mum as waitress at Jolly Boys Cafe?

By Valerie Estabrook
On 25/03/2010

17th March 2011 Brian Cook sadly died early this morning. CCA member James Gray popped over to see him earlier this month for five minutes and stayed an hour. A lovely, lovely bloke. Jim asked me to mention his passing on the Canvey websites. We loved listening to his memories of Canvey, at least he's reunited now with his wife, and his son who died over fifty years ago at the age of seventeen.

By David Bullock
On 17/03/2011

Hi Re the son who died. Could this be Barry Cook? We were great pals and at sea at the same time when he lost his life.He lived in Mornington road. Surely not a coincidence. Can anyone confirm? Regards Sparrow

By sparrow
On 18/03/2011

Really sorry to hear of Brian Cook's passing. I only know of him due to a misposted Christmas card to my home that I subsequently hand-delivered to his correct address. A few days later I received a wonderful personally-written letter of thanks, in which he described how the sender of the card was in fact the daughter of a lady who used to live at my house before myself. Bizarre how the card ended up at the wrong address, but amazing there was a link behind it, and a lovely gesture on Brian's part that few people would take the time to do these days. RIP Brian Cook.

By Tyron Barrett
On 06/07/2011

Marion & Brian was the most lovely people. I was their carer for few years. Marion died couple years ago but I was still Brian's carer I loved him like a dad he knew all my family like most of you prob do my maiden name Frost.

Brian used to tell me stories about Canvey and when we were growing up as he knew me because I grew up in Mornington Rd.

I went to visit my daughter in Australia in March and Brian sadly passed away while I was there. My family never told me untill I got back as they knew how very upset I would be miss him so much very special man. R.I.P. XX

By jen geach
On 24/09/2011

My Granmother, Winnifred Botterill often spoke to me about her fathers "funfair" on Canvey Island. I think he also had a few other businesses there as well? I'd be interested if anybody has any pictures or stories. Thanks

By Warren
On 12/04/2012

My mum was Win Botterill - Ruth Coes's sister. I now live in Bowers Gifford.

By Hazel scrivener
On 10/08/2013

Hello Hazel my mother was Ruth Botterill Win's sister how are you ? I would love to know more about Grandad Botterill on Canvey.  I live in Norfolk now and remember visiting the grandparents when they lived in Nassington Peterboro.  Also your mother was my god mother.

By hazel pope
On 22/09/2014

@Hazel Pope - I guess that makes you my second cousin... :-)

By Warren
On 20/11/2014

Hazel..fancy seeing you here ??

By Sandra Springall
On 10/05/2015

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