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This is my dads (Michael Lacey) old family home! My uncle Martin Lacey still has a printers on the island (riverside printing!). I have heard many stories about their childhood here and will try to get some onto this site! Apparently one of the great train robbers stayed here whilst on the run! My dad searched the place high and low for any stashed loot). My Nan (Jean Lacey) had 2 houses built on the site which remained in the family until 1996.

By Richard Jackson
On 14/09/2013

That would be great Richard. Thank you

By Janet Penn
On 14/09/2013

Hi there i came across this site after a long chat with my 92 yr old grandma this afternoon. She was over the moon to hear about the history of this house and loved looking at all the pictures. We were looking at and old picture of her as a child and she mentioned it was taken in the garden of her grandfathers house St hugh on Canvey. She said it was one of the first houses to be built on canvey and she has wonderful memories there. Her grandfather was Edgar White and they were from Forest gate. He's wife was Annie (who was in the photograph with her) and their daughter was Jessie who was married to Frederic Philips who were of course my grandmas parents. She remembers the balcony that looked out at the old lighthouse and how she and her cousin used to walk over when the tide was out collecting cockles in their buckets and chatting to the lighthouse keeper. She also recalled a shop not far from the house which she said was called fourteen star and they used to go in there and buy their sherbet dabs from a Mrs Hubbard. Unfortunately she couldn't recall what happened to the house when he died etc…She does have a brilliant memory for 92 but unfortunately there are some gaps! any more information i can gather I will add! so interesting for me to hear about though. 

By Brioni Maker
On 20/10/2014

Thank you for adding your grandmothers memories of St Hughs. We have more pictures and information on the site of the house later known as Riverside Cafe.

By Janet Penn
On 20/10/2014

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