Tewkes Creek Dock

'Tootse' Dock

By Nick Ardley

I am currently preparing my next book (coastal, river and creek sailing looking at life from the water...) and have mentioned my use of a mooring in Tewkes Creek some years ago when the Tewkes Creek YC had a base where the Sea Scouts now reside.

In my research I found marked on an 1863 Thames chart a 'Tootse' Dock at the old head of the creek where it met the old sluice (Present inner sluice still in same place) up by Central Wall Path. It is thought perhaps that Hester used the dock to ship in coal for his electricity power station, c1890, but the dock clearly existed prior to that.

Photo:Section of 1863 Thames chart

Section of 1863 Thames chart

Nick Ardley

Does anyone have any other information or picture even?

Interestingly the 'pathway' shown marked as the Bay Way is obviously a landing point and probably an older point of discharge/loading of barges (probably). That area is still visible and sits just beyond the outer sluice on the south side of the creek. It is the area that stands above the marsh with rough land grasses growing on it and is only flooded by high tides. The ground is shingly - from memory - and may have been man made.

A further wharf appears to have been drawn, but not named, immediately north of Small Gains Farm. It is now in 'lost' in the middle of the playing fields at that end of the island.

There are many other interesting observations... My main interest for now is with 'Tootse' Dock.

Nick, I hope the drawing below is of some interest - regards - Dave Bullock

Photo:Hester's planned Generating Station at Tewkes Creek

Hester's planned Generating Station at Tewkes Creek

(c) Essex Record Office "Hester D-RR-5-2-11"

This page was added by Nick Ardley on 04/03/2011.
Comments about this page

Hi Nick - good luck with your third book! Best wishes from Your Benfleet & Hadleigh & Your Canvey Magazines

By Angela Owen
On 06/03/2011

I tried to make contact with our local authority on this subject, but several email advances have failed to reach a sympathetic ear. I assume little or nothing is remembered by older island families about this old dock - now buried beneath the grass outside the inner Tewkes sluice. All comments welcome... Nick Ardley. Also at: www.nickardley.com

By Nick Ardley
On 17/05/2011

Nick - check out the update to your page (above)

By David Bullock
On 17/05/2011

Many thanks Dave, interesting indeed! Nick

By Nick Ardley
On 16/07/2012