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I don't understand how the original Somnes Ave was isolated from any other roads, how did people with transport get there? I thought it was connected to the east.

By David Bullock
On 11/12/2012

Apparently not in the 1930s. Not many people had transport then Dave so I suppose it was not a problem.

By Janet Penn
On 11/12/2012

Reading your comments has made me realise how far Canvey has come. When I grew up on Canvey very few roads were concrete, the majority were grass. Winter Gardens, Leigh Beck, where I lived, and the Tewkes Creek areas were all grass. Very few people owned cars and the only time anything with an engine came anywhere near us was the coal lorry which could only get so far and the the coalman would carry the sacks the rest of the way.

By Maureen Buckmaster
On 12/12/2012

Somnes Ave was a gravel track, from Liege Avenue eastwards to where Climmen Road is now, then turned northwards then east into Wittem Road. The new road takes a different route from the existing road, from Castle View School it goes across into Central Wall Road which was originally called Central Wall Path. This information was given to me by my wife Sylvia who lived in Ameland Road in the 50s & early 60s. I'm not sure when the new road was built, I think it was in the late 60s

By Mike Brown
On 12/12/2012

Thanks Mike that's very precise. My map from a 1960 Captivating Canvey shows just Climmen and Buyl Rd to it's west, the end of Somnes Ave is unmarked. The cinder tracks were put in after the Flood, I think they did just Helsingborg, Elsinore and Papenburg in '60 Acres' the rest remained as Maureen says just grass tracks. In fact those cinder roads were even worse, after a couple of years they were so pot-holed they were virtually impassable. In those days the large sluice and deep culvert down to the Lake didn't exist. I guess pre-Flood and pre-War there was a farm track that ran along the same course but was probably was not worthy of mention on 1930 map. The date for the construction of the present Somnes Ave is 1969/70, in fact it was complete and accessable (even the sodium street lights were in place) but it came to an abrupt end somewhere to the east of where the Waterside complex is now. Don't know why and can't remember when it was eventually joined to the Waterside roundabout.

By Graham Stevens
On 13/12/2012

Perhaps it was because Canvey Way was still being constructed and Waterside Roundabout had not been finished or even constructed at that point.

By Janet Penn
On 13/12/2012

I have added a mid 50s map which gives more detail. Unfortunately not a very clear picture. I will try to get another

By Janet Penn
On 13/12/2012

I lived off Somnes road,Canvey island from 1958 to 1963.I have tried to find my home which my dad built his self. This was a poultry farm. I think it was Liege ave or Mappel ave, cant remember which. Does anyone remember this house, brick built,built in approx 1958.

By yvonne willingham
On 08/06/2017

I believe Somnes Avenue was completed in 1974.

By Janet Walden
On 17/06/2017

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