Comments about this page

As a child I remember finding Canada Corner between the Council Tip and the north seawall of Smallgains Creek. I seem to recall it having a white picket fence around it, you got to it by walking between two dykes (dug out to make the sea wall). It had a large wooden sign like in the photos and from memory about 40 small trees. My Mum said they were from Canada which grow to a massive size! When the Tip was expanded all this land was consumed right up to the Sea wall (now Canvey Heights).

By David Bullock
On 09/02/2010

Further to "Canada Corner", I seem to remember that the piece of land situated on the corner of Larup Avenue and Mornington Road was donated by the Canadian Government "for the children of Canvey" after the 1953 flood.

By Ian Newman
On 22/02/2010

Indeed Ian - the Childrens Park. I have a photo somewhere of the plaque that has since vanished.

By David Bullock
On 22/02/2010

Thanks Ian, for reminding us about the playground, it certainly belongs under this heading. I remember on the day it was opened there were so many kids there we had to form disorderly queues to get onto the slides etc. Interesting about the plaque, Dave, perhaps the Town Council might consider replacing it with another one(vandal-proof, of course!) Graham.

By Graham
On 09/03/2010

In response from a request by Andrew Love who is involved in refurbishing the Larup Ave Park, I have added the plague photo to the gallery above

By David Bullock
On 13/06/2011

Nice work, Dave! Perhaps it might be a good idea if Andrew Love could get C.P.B.C to have a look around, just in case it's been stashed away at Kiln Rd. It would be great to have it re-instated

By Graham Stevens
On 16/06/2011

Thanks for that, but wasn't part of the reason for moving Canada Corner was because of the expansion of the tip? If my memory serves me right there was a few lakes in the area as well and they were filled in as well. Perhaps the more appropriate place to now site Canada Corner is on Canvey Heights right back in the area it was first put.

By John T Pharro
On 30/10/2012

Hi John, Thanks for your comment, I think your right the expansion of the tip most probably played a part in the relocation of Canada Corner. However, I think the established grove of trees and marble memorial are in the right place at the Paddocks where they are accessible to most othe local populace (even if they're on their way to the Medical Centre). I think what might be appropriate would be a notice-board on Canvey Heights marking the approximate original location of Canada Corner. Graham.

By Graham Stevens
On 04/11/2012

Dear Graham That really is a great idea. I bet your knowledge is a lot better than mine as to where it would have been. Somewhere round about the picnic tables do you think? Have posted a bit about the Dutch Cottage Museum, any thoughts on that? Best regards John T Pharro

By John T Pharro
On 04/11/2012

Hi John, I have to admit my knowledge of the location is virtually nil although my Dad some involvement in the original project I'm afraid Ididn't take much notice of what he was up to at the time. Later on in early 70s my only reason for visiting the area was to dispose of rubbish.(I guess you could say my interest in local history wasn't exactly at the forefront then.) However, I stand to be corrected but I think we can probably gather some clues from the photos on the page: In the top photo looking north/east( mainland in distance?) Mr Legg is standing with his back to the dug-out lakes which I recall were about 50yds from the Small Gains Creek wall. In the lower black/white group photo we're looking south/east with Small Gains Creek wall in the background(Tewkes Creek would have been topped with metal piles then.) So I reckon the present position would be on the southern side of Canvey Heights appx opp. Canvey Supply. Graham.

By Graham Stevens
On 06/11/2012

You are correct. I have only lived on Canvey since 1970 and I live in Orrmo Road which was not far from where Canada Corner was. My wife says it was just where you say. Thanks

By John T Pharro
On 07/11/2012

if my memory serves me correctly there also used to be a lake of sorts around orrmo rd. was fenced of i think. used to go there as a kid

By tony
On 21/02/2013

You are talking about Croppenburgh Lake Tony

By Janet Penn
On 21/02/2013

I have enjoyed reading this archival entry covering the development of Canada Corner from it's first location and to it's present attractive site. Congratulations to all who worked on this great project of thanks to Canada for their aid following our terrible flood. I was  reminded also, that during my time spent on Canvey Island and which included W.W.11, I have the recollection of receiving aid in the way of food items from Canada. Does anyone else remember the "dried egg yolks" and "powdered milk" etc.? As kids, enduring the wartime on Canvey, we appreciated this type of aid from Canada too. 

By Gerald Hudson
On 09/10/2014

I used to go to Small Gaines Creek area to catch lizards and things in the overgrown grass and junk that surrounded Canada Corner.

I often wondered how and why it was there. It was well kept back in the early 70s. now, after all these years, and thanks to these pages, all has become clear.

By Gary Casson
On 20/09/2017

If you're already a registered user of this site, please login using the form on the left-hand side of this page.