Cottage influenced by the Dutch Cottages

Fielder Estate c1930s

By Janet Penn

Photo:Homes for sale Looking South

Homes for sale Looking South

These three homes were built c1930s by the Fielder Estates. They were on the Zeeland Estate. Two of them even had thatched roofs and two still exist today in Beechcroft Road off Long Road.

Photo:Looking north towards Long Road

Looking north towards Long Road

Photo:One of the thatched cottages as it is 2011. I think it is the middle one in the pictures above

One of the thatched cottages as it is 2011. I think it is the middle one in the pictures above

Janet Penn

Photo:The other thatched cottage surviving today is very secluded not sure if anyone actually still lives there 2011. It looks like this one originally did not have a thatched roof. It definitely looks like the one without a thatched roof in the pictures above

The other thatched cottage surviving today is very secluded not sure if anyone actually still lives there 2011. It looks like this one originally did not have a thatched roof. It definitely looks like the one without a thatched roof in the pictures above

Janet Penn

Photo:This is the replica dutch cottage in Ferndale Crescent

This is the replica dutch cottage in Ferndale Crescent

This page was added by Janet Penn on 22/04/2011.
Comments about this page

I would love to have lived in one of these. Shame there is only one left. Truly great photographs, anymore where they came from?

By Cia Parker
On 22/04/2011

There are two left Cia. I have a photo somewhere but cannot find it, taken last year. I was going to put it on to show how they have changed. I will have to walk down the road and take another picture.

By Janet Penn
On 22/04/2011

Jan you dont have to go to all that trouble. But if you do, it would be much appreciated. Arnt they just so sweet.

By Cia Parker
On 22/04/2011

Thanks Jan, its very pretty and im very envious. I wonder how much its worth on the market today?

By Cia Parker
On 23/04/2011

My great aunt Edith Greenused to live in the middle cottage and my brother and i have wonderful memories of visiting her many times. The cottage was really snug and I well remember the curved staircase and the lovely coal fire in the tiny curved sitting room. I have a picture taken of the cottage in the 1950s and it hasn't really changed much at all. She lived there as a spinster for many years and luckily was away when the Great Floods of 1953 occurred. Sadly she became ill in 1964 and came to live with us in London until she died in 1967 aged 86. Very very happy memories of an unspoilt island with steam trains to Benfleet and massive traffic jams every Bank holiday with the railway level crossing and the lifting bridge on to the island being well used for boats.

By Alex Green
On 05/12/2011

We would love to see the picture Alex

By Janet Penn
On 05/12/2011

Hello Janet Glad you appreciated the piece on the Dutch Cottages in Beechcroft Road. I was spending a rainy afternoon Google-searching and being nostalgic and had just researched pictures of Benfleet station at the time of the electrification of the LT&S which is where my brother and I spent much time at Bank Holidays train spotting. We both went on to have long railway careers - with my brother Chris Green ending up as Managing Director of British Rail Inter City and the founder Managing Director of Network South East. So in a way he did come back to Benfleet - if only to paint all the station lamp posts red in that exciting era of Network South East around 1990! From little acorns........ I am not sure how to upload 3 photos to your site, including one with the lady owner Edith Wastie Green probably in the early 1960s. Perhaps you can assist in an email address? By the way, it was called Wick Cottage then. I don't know if the name has stayed the same. I hope so! And the road was never made up and left as earth (or mud!) so it could remain quiet. Kind regards and congratulations on your website. Fascinating. Brought back lovely memories. Alex greendaw@gmail.com 07930 870340

By Alex Green
On 05/12/2011

You can send the pictures to me Alex and I can put them on. jan@canveyisland.org

By Janet Penn
On 05/12/2011

The end cottage that is left in Beechcroft Road was not thatched when I lived there, but tiled. It was painted white and there was nothing really in the garden, not even a tree. I was very surprised when I went there in 2011 and it was surrounded by trees. Our cottage the one that was demolished next to Miss Greens was roughcast/ pebble dasahed.

By Brian Jarrald
On 02/08/2013

Hello The cottages were built in 1935. The two thatched cottages were completed by Good Friday of that year, when they were photographed by A.G. Linney. At that time, only the chimney of the third cottage had been built, but interestingly, from Linney's photograph it is clear the chimneys were built first, then timber framework built out from the central point to create the circular walls. The photographs will be viewable on the Museum of London Collections Online website shortly.

By Tom Wareham
On 13/11/2013

My parents have owned the end one since 1970 and are living very happily in there. No it wasn't thatched it was done in the 1970s. Looks much better I think. :-)

By Tony Spink
On 19/02/2014

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