Unknown Essex

Pictures from Donald Maxwell's 1925 book

By Robert Hallman

Donald Maxwell, (1877-1936) writer and illustrator

Photo:Can anyone identify this farm on Canvey?

Can anyone identify this farm on Canvey?

Photo:Charfleet or Chaffleet Farm

Charfleet or Chaffleet Farm

Photo:The Lobster Smack at Hole Haven

The Lobster Smack at Hole Haven

This page was added by Janet Penn on 02/03/2009.
Comments about this page

Its a shame that the coast line depicted by Donald Maxwell in Unknown Essex has now gone with the building of the barrier. I walked over this coast line a number of years ago only to find that what were at one time muddy inlets dry as a bone, slip ways miles from the river. Another book by Donald maxwell was a Detective in Essex that covers this part of the world. ( have a spare copy)

By John Horne
On 17/02/2010

I think the farm in the top painting is Small Gains from the north wall of Small Gains Creek. All those elm trees are a give-away and the lay-out of the barns look exactly the same as those that Prouts used when they were boat-building there. Graham.

By Graham
On 16/07/2010

Dear John Horne, I don't know how I missed your comment at the time, but I should love to purchase your spare copy of Maxwell's 'A Detective in Essex' to add to my collection. Please be in touch. Robert Hallmann roberthallmann@btinternet.com

By Robert Hallmann
On 17/07/2010

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