Mark Thres

My pages:

Page link: Elizabeth Hayklan (nee Cochrane)
Elizabeth Hayklan (nee Cochrane)
Artist with connections!
Page link: Mary Bunce
Mary Bunce
Marine artist
Page link: Extreme weather in Benfleet
Extreme weather in Benfleet
A summary of incidents first displayed at the Archive's annual show
Page link: Lledo model van with Benfleet livery
Lledo model van with Benfleet livery
from the "View vans" souvenir series
Page link: High Warren fruit farm
High Warren fruit farm
Located off Vicarage Hill adjacent to Hilltop fruit farm
Page link: Harold Mitchell
Harold Mitchell
Painter of Benfleet
Page link: Not all glory then !
Not all glory then !
The military biplane which ran out of fuel and landed at Benfleet in 1913.
Page link: Norman Brooks and no. 73 Vicarage Hill
Norman Brooks and no. 73 Vicarage Hill
An example of 1960's modernist architecture
Page link: Derek N Pegram
Derek N Pegram
An artist known for his limited editions of Essex scenes
Page link: Jo Karslake
Jo Karslake
The Sun Newspaper's face of 1972
Page link: Herbert Ivan Babbage
Herbert Ivan Babbage
A New Zealand artist
Page link: G.E. Hobbs
G.E. Hobbs
Creekside view of Benfleet
Page link: Images of Benfleet from the collection of Pauline Adams
Images of Benfleet from the collection of Pauline Adams
A selection of photos, postcards and prints courtesy of Simon Watson
Page link: John H (Jack) Seabrook
John H (Jack) Seabrook
Benfleet Artist and former Bank of England Messenger
Page link: Unknown Artist (7)
Unknown Artist (7)
Can You Help?
Page link: Unknown Artist (6)
Unknown Artist (6)
Can You Help?
Page link: Unknown Artist (5)
Unknown Artist (5)
Can You Help?
Page link: Unknown Artist (4)
Unknown Artist (4)
Can You Help?
Page link: Unknown Artist (3)
Unknown Artist (3)
Can You Help?
Page link: Leonard Ward
Leonard Ward
South Benfleet 1929
Page link: Unknown Artist (1)
Unknown Artist (1)
Creek-side Benfleet
Page link: W H Hill - Artist
W H Hill - Artist
A flock of sheep heading for Church Corner
Page link: Julian Ashbourn
Julian Ashbourn
An author with Benfleet roots
Page link: Benfleet in 1905
Benfleet in 1905
Extract from "Souvenir of Southend.... "
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"Prizewinner"
Monthly journal devoted to popular competitions of an interesting nature for all classes
Page link: Ted Land senior and Ted Land junior
Ted Land senior and Ted Land junior
The joker and the daredevil
Page link: Robert Gallon
Robert Gallon
A landscape and coastal artist, whose work spanned two centuries
Page link: Henry Fuller Hobden
Henry Fuller Hobden
The literary Hobden
Page link: Hittons and Welk House Farm
Hittons and Welk House Farm
The Tithe map of Benfleet, 1841
Page link: That Porch !
That Porch !
Benfleet's oak wonder
Page link: Dulecia King
Dulecia King
A houseboat baby
Page link: Paul Sharp
Paul Sharp
Designer and illustrator for National Benzole
Page link: The Workhouse
The Workhouse
A safety net for the poor
Page link: Barbarossa
Barbarossa
A gaff ketch built and sailed by Robert and Susan Hart
Page link: Ann Mintram (nee Yeo)
Ann Mintram (nee Yeo)
Some childhood memories of Benfleet
Page link: Robin Knox-Johnston
Robin Knox-Johnston
Hero and Honorary Member of Benfleet Yacht Club
Page link: Canoeing Adventurer
Canoeing Adventurer
Noel McNaught
Page link: The Thames Barge in Benfleet Waters
The Thames Barge in Benfleet Waters
Some background information plus a selection of artistic and photographic images
Page link: Wigfull the artist
Wigfull the artist
An atmospheric and iconic image
Page link: Matsonalia
Matsonalia
Documentation from the second world war period
Page link: Carlton Ware : The Prince of Wales feathers
Carlton Ware : The Prince of Wales feathers
A crested china souvenir of Benfleet
Page link: Railway Tragedy at Benfleet
Railway Tragedy at Benfleet
Death of Keen Yachtsman Edward Youel
Page link: Kersey Farm Outrage
Kersey Farm Outrage
Farmer's wife brutally attacked
Page link: Hugh Anthony St Leger
Hugh Anthony St Leger
A Writer of Adventure Stories
Page link: Roland Quiz
Roland Quiz
Pseudonym of the author Richard Martin Howard Quittenton
Page link: Queensberry Rules, but not in Benfleet OK
Queensberry Rules, but not in Benfleet OK
The Trashing of the Hoy, 1914
Page link: Miniature Cheese Dish
Miniature Cheese Dish
Crested china depicting St Mary's Church
Page link: Ted Cook
Ted Cook
A regular walker on the Downs
Page link: A.G. Langford
A.G. Langford
Pen and ink artist
Page link: Methodist Sunday School Group
Methodist Sunday School Group
Can you put names to faces?
Page link: Valuation list 1865
Valuation list 1865
Land values for local tax purposes
Page link: Reeds Hill Farm
Reeds Hill Farm
1841 and all that
Page link: Kersey Marsh Farm
Kersey Marsh Farm
1841 and beyond
Page link: Decorative Plates
Decorative Plates
Six Benfleet scenes
Page link: H W King
H W King
Drawings of St Mary's Church in the 1840s
Page link: Eric Challis
Eric Challis
A Southend artist
Page link: Vic Ellis
Vic Ellis
A talented marine artist
Page link: Walter Pickford
Walter Pickford
St Mary's Church organist and composer of arrangements for hand-bells
Page link: Memories of Helen Stewart (nee Pickford)
Memories of Helen Stewart (nee Pickford)
Recording of living in Benfleet including during WW2
Page link: Poynetts Farm
Poynetts Farm
1841 and beyond
Page link: Helen Stewart (nee Pickford)
Helen Stewart (nee Pickford)
Painting Benfleet in the 1940s
Page link: Tithe Map Key
Tithe Map Key
Acronyms used and plot number guide
Page link: Benfleet Before The Railway
Benfleet Before The Railway
The Tithe Map, 1841
Page link: Benfleet - The Pride of Essex
Benfleet - The Pride of Essex
A fridge magnet to be proud of
Page link: Brecon House
Brecon House
A house that stands out
Page link: Word Puzzle Competition March 2013
Word Puzzle Competition March 2013
The winners receive their prizes
Page link: Benfleet Yacht Club Badges
Benfleet Yacht Club Badges
Official Badges
Page link: Methodist Church Buildings
Methodist Church Buildings
Historic Images on a Tea Towel
Page link: Goss China Ewer
Goss China Ewer
A Souvenir From Benfleet
Page link: Yachtswoman drowns in Benfleet Creek
Yachtswoman drowns in Benfleet Creek
Press reports on the death of Eileen Howard
Page link: Tornado hits Benfleet
Tornado hits Benfleet
And causes local damage
Page link: Stoneware jug from The Hoy
Stoneware jug from The Hoy
The Hoy without the Helmet
Page link: How Democracy Came To Benfleet
How Democracy Came To Benfleet
The voting entitlement 1832 - 2012
Page link: Houseboat  Jewel
Houseboat Jewel
Nostalgic photos from the Still family
Page link: Tom Merry
Tom Merry
Pen name for William Mecham
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: Spritsail barge
Spritsail barge "Scone"
A Final Resting Place in Benfleet Creek
Page link: Houseboat Database
Houseboat Database
Boat Names and Other Details
Page link: Hamilton Chapman
Hamilton Chapman
Artist Who Bridged The Nineteenth And Twentieth Centuries
Page link: The Day The Wells Ran Dry
The Day The Wells Ran Dry
Benfleet in 1899
Page link: Sidney Howard
Sidney Howard
From Benfleet to Tahiti
Page link: Tornado Smith
Tornado Smith
A Motorcycling Legend
Page link: Hoy & Ahoy
Hoy & Ahoy
Are the words connected?
Page link: Property Auction 1860
Property Auction 1860
Auction held at The Crown Inn, Rayleigh
Page link: Nick Ardley
Nick Ardley
Sailing the Thames Estuary
Page link: W. Edward Wigfull
W. Edward Wigfull
An Early Sailing Correspondent
Page link: Fred Whisstock
Fred Whisstock
Truly a renaissance man
Page link: The Bucks and Burnsides
The Bucks and Burnsides
Residents of Benfleet 1920 to 1946
Page link: Houseboats
Houseboats
Why so popular after the first world war?
Page link: Benfleet Downs
Benfleet Downs
The Opening Ceremony Souvenir Booklet
Page link: Benfleet Primary School in 193?
Benfleet Primary School in 193?
Class photo from Morris Johnson
Page link: Benfleet Primary School in 1938
Benfleet Primary School in 1938
Class photo from Morris Johnson
Page link: Benfleet Primary School in 1936
Benfleet Primary School in 1936
Class photo from Morris Johnson
Page link: Benfleet is dead, long live Castlepoint!
Benfleet is dead, long live Castlepoint!
1974 local government changes
Page link: Morris Johnson
Morris Johnson
My Memories of Benfleet
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"Sans Souci"
More about houseboats and their owners
Page link: Ted Heaney
Ted Heaney
The Birdman of Benfleet
Page link: 85 High Street
85 High Street
aka the Old House
Page link: 1949   -    A very fine year
1949 - A very fine year
4 Aerial photos...
Page link: Benfleet and Houseboats 1948 - 1955
Benfleet and Houseboats 1948 - 1955
Memories of Sally Bennett
Page link: Houseboat memories of Anne Bennett
Houseboat memories of Anne Bennett
Born on the Blue Peter
Page link: From Beamfleote to Benfleet
From Beamfleote to Benfleet
Local place-name origins
Page link: Who are they?
Who are they?
Where is the boat moored?
Page link: Fancy Dress Party
Fancy Dress Party
Who's who ?
Page link: Benfleet Pageant 1946
Benfleet Pageant 1946
Souvenir Programme
Page link: Benfleet Windmill
Benfleet Windmill
Its probable fate
Page link: Catch 22
Catch 22
Houseboats and the local Council in the period 1920 - 1960
Page link: Pageant 1994
Pageant 1994
Souvenir Programme
Page link: 1994 and all that !
1994 and all that !
1100th anniversary of the founding of St Mary's Church
Page link: Recording the changing face of Benfleet : Part Two
Recording the changing face of Benfleet : Part Two
Further photos of Benfleet by Tom Scott
Page link: Houseboats galore
Houseboats galore
Benfleet Creek and Church Creek 1920 - 1970
Page link: William Bowles and his Houseboats
William Bowles and his Houseboats
Information supplied by his son, Robert Bowles
Page link: George William Hackshaw
George William Hackshaw
No longer a complete mystery
Page link: Elizabeth Hayklan (nee Cochrane)
Elizabeth Hayklan (nee Cochrane)
A Poet as well as an Artist
Page link: Xmas Card
Xmas Card
A Photo of the Hoy and Helmet circa 2005
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"Shipwrights"
241 Benfleet Road
Page link: Bert  and Clarice (Queenie) Green
Bert and Clarice (Queenie) Green
Stalwarts of St Mary's Church
Page link: Houseboat
Houseboat "Veronica"
Moored in Church Creek
Page link: Pete Perry
Pete Perry
Actor and writer
Page link: Sid Cripps
Sid Cripps
A Local Wildfowler
Page link: Bread and Cheese Hill
Bread and Cheese Hill
An Accident Blackspot
Page link: Joyce Frankson
Joyce Frankson
A Leigh artist
Page link: Pat Archer (nee Higgins)
Pat Archer (nee Higgins)
Memories of Benfleet in the 1940s and 1950s
Page link: 42 Greenwood Avenue
42 Greenwood Avenue
A tropical paradise
Page link: Charles Archibald Nicholson
Charles Archibald Nicholson
Renowned church architect and local artist
Page link: S. Williams Esq
S. Williams Esq
Do you know anything about him?
Page link: A. Payne Esq
A. Payne Esq
Can you help?
Page link: Hugh Falkus
Hugh Falkus
The formative early years
Page link: Benfleet Hall
Benfleet Hall
The Surrey connection
Page link: Art at the Council Offices
Art at the Council Offices
A Peep behind the scenes
Page link: Battle of Benfleet Mug
Battle of Benfleet Mug
Designed to commemorate the 1100th anniversary
Page link: Tea towel
Tea towel
Showing St Mary's Church
Page link: Ribbon plate
Ribbon plate
depicting St Mary's Church
Page link: Goss china urn
Goss china urn
A popular range of souvenirs
Page link: Mouse mat
Mouse mat
Patriotic and functional
Page link: Coronation mug
Coronation mug
George V1
Page link: The Dreaded ague,   a.k.a.  malaria
The Dreaded ague, a.k.a. malaria
The Curse of the Essex marshes
Page link: Female mortality
Female mortality
A Gravestone epitaph
Page link: Gladys Bingham
Gladys Bingham
A pre-war Carlton Studios illustrator
Page link: Greetings cards
Greetings cards
a set of five issued by the Benfleet and District Historical Society in 2010
Page link: Laurie Newton
Laurie Newton
Leigh artist
Page link: Ron French
Ron French
Benfleet born and frequent visitor
Page link: Charles Tingey shotgun cartridges
Charles Tingey shotgun cartridges
Wanted - live or spent
Page link: William Bennewith
William Bennewith
Gifted amateur artist
Page link: Ken Turner
Ken Turner
My Houseboat Memories
Page link: Ode to the Anchor 2
Ode to the Anchor 2
Is this an early attempt by Samuel Soddy?
Page link: The Battle of Benfleet
The Battle of Benfleet
The Local perspective
Page link: The Battle of Benfleet
The Battle of Benfleet
The National perspective
Page link: Clifford G. Messiter
Clifford G. Messiter
Artist and graphic designer
Page link: Reginald A. Beckett
Reginald A. Beckett
It's that porch again!
Page link: William Mecham
William Mecham
The lightning cartoonist
Page link: Charles Tingey
Charles Tingey
Gunsmith of Benfleet
Page link: Paul Cranfield Smyth
Paul Cranfield Smyth
A prolific artist
Page link: Gravestones in St Mary's churchyard
Gravestones in St Mary's churchyard
A vital resource for family history detectives
Page link: Underwoods 1940 - 1952
Underwoods 1940 - 1952
Boatbuilding and repairing on the Benfleet side of the creek
Page link: John Aubone Cook 2
John Aubone Cook 2
Local hero
Page link: John Aubone Cook 1
John Aubone Cook 1
Local hero
Page link: Ode to the Anchor
Ode to the Anchor
Written in Italy 1918
Page link: Benfleet Water Tower
Benfleet Water Tower
"An interesting example of engineering, but not of architectural note"
Page link: Conservation area
Conservation area
A map of the area
Page link: John Christian Mantel
John Christian Mantel
The Maestro of South Benfleet
Page link: Charles William Wyllie
Charles William Wyllie
Landscape and marine painter
Page link: Table mats
Table mats
Classic Benfleet photos
Page link: Doris Hearn
Doris Hearn
A local artist
Page link: Will H Maile
Will H Maile
Resident of Benfleet
Page link: May Bettany
May Bettany
Benfleet in Colour
Page link: Bernard Cornwell
Bernard Cornwell
The Battle for Benfleet : a Viking stronghold
Page link: The Entrance to Paradise
The Entrance to Paradise
Literary Quotation
Page link: The Old Vicarage
The Old Vicarage
A 'Castle' in Benfleet
Page link: Paddy Marrison ( nee Fisher )
Paddy Marrison ( nee Fisher )
People and places
Page link: Iris Sugg (nee Knightley)
Iris Sugg (nee Knightley)
Family and friends etc
Page link: Exploring Saint Mary's
Exploring Saint Mary's
A guide to the church
Page link: Parish church of St Mary the Virgin
Parish church of St Mary the Virgin
A booklet published by St Mary's
Page link: Alfred Bennett Bamford
Alfred Bennett Bamford
An Essex sketcher
Page link: George Kernahan Gwynne Bettany
George Kernahan Gwynne Bettany
The "Week-end" author
Page link: Charles William Taylor
Charles William Taylor
Landscape engraver and watercolourist
Page link: H.J. Poole
H.J. Poole
Artist we know nothing about
Page link: Glyn H. Morgan
Glyn H. Morgan
Historian and illustrator
Page link: Donald Maxwell
Donald Maxwell
Landscape artist
Page link: Henry Stacy Marks
Henry Stacy Marks
Sketches of Essex
Page link: C. Lewis
C. Lewis
Benfleet cartoonist
Page link: Elsie P. Langridge R.D.S.
Elsie P. Langridge R.D.S.
An Inspirational Teacher
Page link: Albert James Connabeer
Albert James Connabeer
A painter and etcher
Page link: C.W. Comerford
C.W. Comerford
Sketch in Essex Countryside
Page link: Francis Charles Coxon
Francis Charles Coxon
A mystery no longer
Page link: Louis Burleigh Bruhl
Louis Burleigh Bruhl
Prolific artist
Page link: Martina Cole
Martina Cole
Successful novelist
Page link: Arthur Edward Copplng
Arthur Edward Copplng
Gotty's creator
Page link: Harold Edford Priestley
Harold Edford Priestley
The Historian
Page link: Anonymous Poet
Anonymous Poet
Love and Hate
Page link: John Betjeman
John Betjeman
Lover of Essex
Page link: Henry Martin Luyken
Henry Martin Luyken
The Architect artist
Page link: Frank Hobden
Frank Hobden
A painter of national repute
Page link: May Bettany
May Bettany
Benfleet in black and white
Page link: Iris Sugg
Iris Sugg
Paintings of Benfleet