Voices of Benfleet

Recordings of people who live or who have lived or worked in Benfleet.

All these pages are published elsewhere on this site, but are also shown here as they have an audio recording attached.

Page link:
"Sans Souci"
More about houseboats and their owners
Page link: 1953 Flood
1953 Flood
Frances Drewer (Bingham)
Page link: 2nd Battalion Essex Regiment Cadet Force Band 1942
2nd Battalion Essex Regiment Cadet Force Band 1942
How this led to a semi professional music career.
Page link: A Special Constable's Memories 1952 -1981
A Special Constable's Memories 1952 -1981
Audio clip of old style policing
Page link: An Oasis In Benfleet and the last of its kind.
An Oasis In Benfleet and the last of its kind.
Mo Perkins and Hilltop "Pick Your Own" fruit Farm
Page link: Benfleet & District Rifle Club 1946
Benfleet & District Rifle Club 1946
Young Guns Cup Winners
Page link: Benfleet Man Witness to Atomic Bomb Tests
Benfleet Man Witness to Atomic Bomb Tests
On Christmas Island 1958 - 1959
Page link: Benfleet Primary School 1926 to 1934
Benfleet Primary School 1926 to 1934
Douglas Edwin Wilson Memories of School Days
Page link: Benfleet Yacht Club's Young Heroes
Benfleet Yacht Club's Young Heroes
The Floods of 1953 including Benfleet High Street
Page link: Bertie Bardell's Memories of Benfleet
Bertie Bardell's Memories of Benfleet
From school days to wartime bombs and search lights on Boyce Hill.
Page link: Blue Jays
Blue Jays
Five Decades of Entertaining
Page link: Canvey Flood of 1953
Canvey Flood of 1953
A documentary by the Kents Hill Junior School Radio Club
Page link: Chloe Rogers Helps Open Paralympic Event
Chloe Rogers Helps Open Paralympic Event
The 2012 Hockey Bronze Medallist visits Benfleet
Page link: Cumberland Avenue, Flood Sept 1968
Cumberland Avenue, Flood Sept 1968
Elderly couple rescued by group of neighbours
Page link: Dark Lane Caravan Site 1961
Dark Lane Caravan Site 1961
Finding accommodation was difficult
Page link: Doreen Bartlett's School Days
Doreen Bartlett's School Days
From 1941 at Benfleet Primary School
Page link: Doreen Batchford's Childhood Memories - 1950's
Doreen Batchford's Childhood Memories - 1950's
New Thundersley Primary School - To 1950's Living Conditions.
Page link: Dr. Norman H. Sutcliffe
Dr. Norman H. Sutcliffe
Personal Memories of a Benfleet Doctor
Page link: Dr. Tom Wilks
Dr. Tom Wilks
The Doctor on Horseback
Page link: German Junkers 88 Aircraft Crash on the Old Golf Course
German Junkers 88 Aircraft Crash on the Old Golf Course
I am sure we only just escaped with our lives.
Page link: Guy Fawkes Celebration
Guy Fawkes Celebration
Bonfires in the road
Page link: Iris Sugg
Iris Sugg
From the Echo 19th March 2007
Page link: Jotman's Farm and a love of wildlife
Jotman's Farm and a love of wildlife
Memories of a school boy
Page link: Ken Turner
Ken Turner
My Houseboat Memories
Page link: Life at 2 Station Cottages in 1930's - 1940's
Life at 2 Station Cottages in 1930's - 1940's
The Life of a Signalman's Son
Page link: Local Councillor Alf Partridge Rows Across the Playing Fields
Local Councillor Alf Partridge Rows Across the Playing Fields
Flash Flooding in Brook Road Sept 1968
Page link: Memories of Benfleet
Memories of Benfleet
Four Seasons
Page link: Memories of Helen Stewart (nee Pickford)
Memories of Helen Stewart (nee Pickford)
Recording of living in Benfleet including during WW2
Page link: Morris Johnson
Morris Johnson
My Memories of Benfleet
Page link: Pat Archer (nee Higgins)
Pat Archer (nee Higgins)
Memories of Benfleet in the 1940s and 1950s
Page link: Peter and Olive Nunn
Peter and Olive Nunn
Memories of Benfleet
Page link: Peter Freeman, Insurance Agent during Canvey Island Flood.
Peter Freeman, Insurance Agent during Canvey Island Flood.
I couldn't get on the Island for six weeks
Page link: Pictures of Church Creek, Benfleet 1930 - 1951
Pictures of Church Creek, Benfleet 1930 - 1951
Houseboats and Swimming in the Creek
Page link: Queen's Coronation - Tea Party and Bonfire At Howard's Farm (now Jotman's Farm)
Queen's Coronation - Tea Party and Bonfire At Howard's Farm (now Jotman's Farm)
Were you there, do you have any memories or pictures?
Page link: RAF Meteor Jet Crash
RAF Meteor Jet Crash
Eye witness account
Page link: Renovations and Extensions at The Hoy & Helmet 1930's
Renovations and Extensions at The Hoy & Helmet 1930's
Photographs from the Landlord's daughter
Page link: Stan Fisher
Stan Fisher
Sea Scout Master and Special Police Inspector
Page link: Summer Holidays in St Osyths - 1950's
Summer Holidays in St Osyths - 1950's
It took a whole day to get there.
Page link: Tales From Percy Cox's Shop Bike 1952 -1956
Tales From Percy Cox's Shop Bike 1952 -1956
An insight into how local shops delivered their goods
Page link: Ted Heaney
Ted Heaney
The Birdman of Benfleet
Page link: Teddy Boys Hang Out At Mendozer's 1954
Teddy Boys Hang Out At Mendozer's 1954
The coffee bar at Tarpots
Page link: The Army Camp
The Army Camp
On the area that is now the Bird Estate
Page link: The Benfleet Constabulary before 1957
The Benfleet Constabulary before 1957
Wartime Specials and Cemetery Corner Police Houses
Page link: The Circassian Circle Folk Dance Club
The Circassian Circle Folk Dance Club
The Formation of the Club
Page link: The Hoy and Helmet Public House
The Hoy and Helmet Public House
Old and New Pictures
Page link: The Residential Growth of Benfleet
The Residential Growth of Benfleet
Summer Garden Parties
Page link: The Tarpots Public House
The Tarpots Public House
Staff of the Tarpots Public House 1944
Page link: Two Generations of the Phillips family as Landlords at The Hoy
Two Generations of the Phillips family as Landlords at The Hoy
Memories from the landlord's granddaughter 1917 - 1959
Page link: Unexploded Bombs and Doodle Bugs
Unexploded Bombs and Doodle Bugs
Wartime Memories of a Teenager