The Canvey Community Archive Group

A treasure trove containing the history & memories of a unique island community

The Canvey Community Archive Group (

Many residents living on Sandy Bay are new to Canvey Island, if you are one of those who have moved to our 'jewel in the Thames', and you want to find out about the history of the island, life, and memories of its people then the website is an absolute must site to visit.

Even residents who have lived on Canvey for a long time before moving to Sandy Bay, will find this website fascinating, as it holds an immense amount of information, photographs, and documents.

The website is published and regularly updated by The Canvey Community Archive group, which was formed in 2006 in partnership with Essex County Council Libraries, The Essex Record Office, East of England Museums, and the Libraries and Archives Council. The website is run by the people of Canvey for the people of Canvey. 

Labworth Cafe

Labworth Cafe before the new seawall was built

The group's initial aim was gathering information and photographs that relate to the history of the island. In 2008 the website went live with the help of a National Lottery Grant, making the treasure trove of information collected by the group available to a wider audience around the county. 

The website is free to use; residents can view and download stories, memories, documents, and photographs of Canvey Islands history for their own use. Please respect the publishing right comments on the website.

Labworth Cafe 2

Labworth Cafe shortly after completion, note the supports

Residents may even be able to help the group, as they are always interested in new recruits. If you’re interested, you can use the 'contact us' link on the group's website. You can also ask about the group at Canvey Library located in the town centre.

If you have any memories and photographs pertaining to life on the island and are willing to share them, then it is easy to upload information to the website using the 'contribution form' located on the 'About us' page. If you need help or the use of a computer, then please contact Graeme Cordell or Kelvin Dimond, alternatively you can use the 'contact us' link mentioned above.


The old Oysterfleet building, now replaced by the Oysterfleet Hotel

The contribution form can also be opened by clicking on the 'Add your info' link, located at the top right of each page.

To navigate to the website, click on the image below. Reduced Header

 All photographs and images courtesy of CCA