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If you’re interested in placing an advert on the site or sponsoring us we need to talk.

Beyond the Point is currently looking into sponsorship and advertisement to help fund and maintain the website. Running the website, buying new exploration equipment and clothing is very expensive and we want to continue this line of work as the local community support and website visitor statistics have been extremely reassuring. There are limited spaces as we don’t want our website covered in ads however we are keen to work alongside companies and key partners that are associated with our type of work. By sponsoring us you will get your logo put on the site under ‘sponsors’ and you can contribute an amount of your choice. You will also get your advert on our forum.. If you would like to place an advert on the site or sponsor us the same rules apply but the costs will vary. There a few points that you might want to consider:

  • We have re-assuring website traffic statistics of which our all time maximum is continuing to rise.
  • We have some key contacts with other related forums and websites.
  • Our site has been heavily publicized including adverts/links in national forums and local magazines.

If you would like to contribute towards the costs of running the site or you would like to enquire about advertisements please contact us using the contact form under General Inquiries and we’ll get back to you with the required information.

Today’s post marks the start of  Top Five Fortnight which will be five posts, which should take up a fortnight’s worth of posts on Beyond the Point. Each post will countdown to the no.1 resource tool/information centre relevant to Beyond the Point and all fans of this website. Not only is it to direct you to some great links, but also to say a thanks to those sites who have supported us, or given us pleasure viewing. For tonight, at number 5, it’s Benfleet Community Archive ( and Hadleigh & Thundersley Community Archive ( Both made with the same program/tool as Canvey Community Archive, these are two great places to learn more, and help others to by signing up and writing an article.

Benfleet Community Archive:

Similar to Hadleigh’s archive in design, and similar to all three aforementioned archives in navigation, this site is simple to use, modern, and has a sizable host of articles to read on a range of topics. I would definitely recommend visiting this site and taking a look around at You will find that Benfleet has many more historical sites than you may be aware of, and is packed with a few curious tales and locations, such as the ghost at the Water Tower, or the abstract Shipright’s House you probably go by at least once a week. All this is over at the archive…

Hadleigh and Thundersley Community Archive:

I only stumbled upon this site recently, and I am pleased that I did! With an easy-to-navigate layout and design close to that of Benfleet’s Archive, this website will be familiar as soon as you first take a look at it. Set up only a year ago, it needs your help to boost it with articles, tales, pictures, and memories. It has a great selection of articles, although needs you to expand this database. Pop over to this great site vital for preserving our history. It has some really comprehensive information, along with plenty of uncommon old pictures. Canvey stands under the rule of Hadleigh’s Castle, and is a popular view from the seawall. If you are interested in Canvey’s history then why not pay a visit to Hadleigh, Thundersley, and also Daws Heath’s archive, sign up – you’ll find this interesting too, and possibly even submit an article to help get it going furthermore!

Beyond the Point 2011

This year has raced by and has seen the birth of a new blog and archive called Beyond the Point. It’s hard to think that we started just 5 months ago in July and since then we have bought you 52 blog posts (including this one) with 78 tags! Along with setting up the website we have a bought a Facebook group, forum and a popular YouTube channel to you. It has been an extremely popular year, well few months, with over 4000 website views and audiences from as far as New York. As you can see in the previous blog post, we have finished exploring the Occidental site and we have vastly increased our knowledge and have created some detailed blog reports which will help to archive and record this fascinating site.

What does 2012 bring?

The sign for the pillbox by the newly completely Roscommon way extension

We have already started by putting up signs that will give people a slight insight into what is around them. For example this sign which was the first to be put up at the pillbox situated alongside the newly completed Roscommon way extension. We also have signs ready for the ‘big OJ’ (Occidental Jetty as BTP Liam would say) and the concrete barge. For the more ‘business’ side of Beyond the Point we will getting sponsors/supporters for the site and we are going to try and increase our presence with the press. We will also be heavily adding to our fantastic new interactive map which will include a vast selection of historical locations. In addition to this another interactive map will be released which will be Canvey today, a ‘tourist’ style one.

With a special thanks to Janet Penn, Dave Bullock, Martin Lepley, Robin Howie, and those at the Bay Museum, for all their interest, support, and help.

After a fantastic 2011 Beyondthe Point Liam and myself wishes you a happy and healthy New Year!

We’ve been meaning to make this for a while, and the solution was staring us right in the face – Google Maps itself! With Google Custom Maps we’ve made a BtP Christmas present for everyone to enjoy – an interactive map which works as a directory to BtP pages, videos, and articles over at, the community archive. Try clicking on a placemark or blue area on the map and it will bring up an image, description, and links , about each historical location, be it of remains, or a historical structure now long lost. (Use the page above not the image below!)

Merry Christams from Beyond the Point! – Christmas comes tommorow so have fun exploring your pile ‘o presents, mince pies, and Turkey!

After hours of work, I’ve scanned on a collection of my uncle, Vince Heatherson’s, old Canvey photographs and postcards which various people have given him over the years, and the more recent ones which he took himself.  At the moment, all the photographs are of Canvey Island, and range from 1900-1997. Some are not that rare, although others are more unique to us. A majority of the pictures are old postcards, many printed by a company or person known as ‘Ellis’ from Southend-on-Sea. The gallery will be updated every now and then. You can visit the gallery via the ‘Vintage Photo Gallery’ button along the top toolbar on this site, either mousing over it and choosing a time period, or by clicking on it and choosing a time period via the links on the page.

Leigh Beck in 1920, with St. Annes Church in the background to the far left

So here we are, on the 1st of December. Now we can all feel free to roll on the tunes and put up the decor… It’s Christmas!

Are you opening that flimsy cardboard flap to pull out a 3mm thick 0.1% cocoa chocolate (if I can even call it that), just like every day and year gone by during advent? That’s were we come in, with our tantalizing and interesting advent countdown. You will notice a second image box near the usual ‘danger keep out’ picture to your right with a cool image in. Every day until Christmas the 25th (which will of course have something BtP even better on the day), we will be updating our ‘Photography Gallery’ and image box to the right with a neat photographic shot from either me, Joe, or the online community. Keep your eyes peeled and get checking daily!

Here’s a close up of today’s image, featuring Hadleigh Castle:

The size illusion is really well performed, plus the festive snow suits the occasion!

Despite this, I think we could also do with an interesting article for today. This is all about ghost stories in Castle Point, which as we all know, ghost stories are related to Christmas for no apparent reason.

Let’s start with the castle itself:

It was also during this time that the castle got a reputation for being haunted by a woman in white. A milkmaid called Sally, from Castle Farm, saw the ghostly woman early one morning. The ghost commanded Sally to meet her again at the castle at midnight. But the girl was too frightened to go. She was met the next morning by the ghostly woman, who was so annoyed that she had been disobeyed that she hit the milkmaid around the head, almost dislocating her neck. After this, the girl was known as ‘wry-neck Sal’


And now onto Canvey:

Local Canvey legends have it that around 865 AD, in one such battle a Long Boat did indeed face battle and sunk without trace just off the Canvey Island coast. The boat met it’s watery death and sunk beneath the waves. In the panic many Viking warriors struggled to make their way to the Canvey coastland, but on that rough windy night the currents that form as the Thames meets the North Sea were too strong and powerful for even the most rugged of Vikings, and all the crew lost their lives desperately trying to reach the land. None survived, all were taken. All except one. One warrior made it to the mud flats of Canvey and managed to haul himself up onto the shore. But it was too late he didn’t have an ounce of energy left and he soon died on the shore. It is said that under the right circumstances his ghost can still be seen, crawling and stumbling across the mud flats, desperately searching for his friends and his boat. The ghost has been reported by many different people, over many years. Witnesses include a local priest in the 1950′s, so if ever you visit Canvey Island, take a stroll to Canvey Point, wait for the Sun to set, and see if you can see the Canvey Viking.


If you’d be interested in more local ghostly tales and places to visit, I recommend you get this book:

‘Haunted Essex’ by Carmel King

It really is excellent, plus gives you an unbeatable insight into the local area you thought you knew…