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If you are moving to Canvey Island, this article gives facts and information about the town which is connected to South Benfleet.
About Canvey Island
Canvey Island has a history that dates back to ancient times and indeed weapons have been unearthed here that date back to the Neolithic period. The first settlement, however, was believed to be in the Roman era, when the inhabitants established a salt-making industry on the island. Later, Canvey Island was used for sheep farming and this remained the main industry until the 20th century.
In the Victorian era, Canvey Island became a fashionable seaside resort for the London set, and a promenade was built. By the 1930s Canvey Casino became the first building constructed on Eastern Esplanade, later followed by more amusements along the seafront to attract visitors. The 1930’s built bridge was replaced in the 1970’s and two bridges now connect the island to the mainland, although understandably both get busy in rush hour. Local buses provide transport to the nearest train station, which is near the connecting bridge in South Benfleet.
Housing on Canvey Island
If you are moving house to Canvey Island, the town, which has a population of around 38,000, has a good range of flats, bungalows and detached homes. The average house prices range from about £125,000 for a flat, to £190,000 for a semi-detached property and £225,000 for a detached home (2014 prices). Wherever you choose to live, the island is only about 7 square miles, so you will never be too far from the sea.
Working on Canvey Island
A number of the working population commute to London and nearby towns for work. But there are job opportunities on Canvey Island including in the leisure and retail industry. Charfleet Industrial Estate has a mix of companies including garages, double glazing firms, precision engineers and roofing companies.
Education in Canvey Island
For families moving to Canvey Island with older children, the island has two newly built academy status secondary schools: Castle View School, situated in the town centre on Foksville Road, and Cornelius Vermuyden on Dinant Avenue, which specialises in the arts. In addition to this, Canvey Skills Campus is a vocational college for children aged 14-19 years, which also provides opportunities for adult learning.
Things to See in Canvey Island
Canvey Island has a number of visitor attractions including the small, octagonal 17th century built Dutch Cottage Museum. This gives an insight into history of the Dutch community that lived on the island and worked on the sea wall, led by engineer Cornelius Vermuyden (the school mentioned above is named after him). Other places of interest include the folk museum in the former St Catherine’s Church, and the 17th century built Lobster Smack pub, which is mentioned in Charles Dickens novel ‘Great Expectations’, and was once a popular place for organised bare knuckle fights.
Sport in Canvey Island
If you enjoy the great outdoors, you will find plenty of opportunities to participate in sports. Among the many water based activities include sailing, swimming, fishing and windsurfing. The swimming club has an excellent reputation and provides coaching for some swimmers through to national level. In addition to this, there are two semi-professional football teams, a rugby union, cricket club, golf club and martial arts clubs.