Modern Canvey begun in the 1600s when the Dutch came over to build dykes. Only Dutch was spoken there until 1700. There are two houses left from this period but we didn't see them this time. Its name is thought to be Anglo Saxon in origin, meaning 'Canna's land.' There is archaeological evidence of Iron Age and Roman occupation, and the Romans produced salt there. We only saw a small part of the island and I would like to visit again to explore more, and also when the tide is out.
Here is the part we did see!
This is part of a sweet mural on the sea wall.
These three girls in their matching outfits looked so sweet.
Four grumpy swans on a tiny carousel.
Andy posing inadvertently by the seafront sign.
Single seagull and candy stripes.
More matching children.
This is one of the paddling pools. They are actually a good idea, meaning you can still paddle at low tide, and reasonably safe, despite the warnings. People were catching crabs in them too, so maybe there should have been a warning about nipped toes.
I love the names of this couple, Bill and Doll.
You can see the sea from their bench, as it is on top of the wall.