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I love the photos of St Katherine's, how sad it looks without the tress. I married there 1959 with a row of beautiful trees leading to the porch. A big plus is the condition of the dear old church, it looks loved and cared for now.
I miss going to my parents grave but lovely to know its being well looked after since I move UP North.

By Margaret
On 27/01/2010

Willoughby Collier was the son of John Jackson Collier, an accountant from Stockwell in London. He was also the uncle of novelist and screenwriter, John Collier (1901 - 1980). Interestingly, the central character in Collier's now forgotten novel Defy the Foul Fiend is a young man called Willoughby Ollebare. In addition, Collier wrote the first screenplay for Jack Warner's film The African Queen starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn. Willoughby Collier appears on the 1891 census as a soldier. I hope this information will interest you and your devoted readers.

By ian Smith
On 06/05/2011

Many thanks Ian. Some of which I had but how did he end up on Canvey Island I wonder. I shall now investigate further

By Janet Penn
On 06/05/2011

When did the spelling of the Village Church change to Katherine instead of Catherine ?

By val court
On 24/10/2013

A note in the South Benfleet Registers records that the new chapel 'by ye name of St Catherine's Chapel' was consecrated by the Bishop of London on June 11th, 1712'. In 1745 it became St Peter's. Then in 1875 the new building was St Katherine's. All according to Canvey Island and its Churches

By Janet Penn
On 24/10/2013

I am trying to find out about one of the graves in St Katherine's  graveyard, Canvey Island. The grave is that of Henry JG Walker MN.  Can anyone help?

By Jennifer
On 21/06/2014

Does anyone know when the regulation preventing a book style tombstone came into force?

By June Roberts (nee Geering)
On 09/08/2015

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