Former poorhouses on Essex Way when it used to be East Street, on the corner of Grosvenor Road, were sold by the parish in 1843. Only one survived, the farthest in this picture from my South Benfleet History, a beautiful old cottage called ‘The Moorings’. The owner died and as is often the case when profit is concerned, it was left to decay until people began clamouring to have the honorable survivor pulled down as it was an eyesore among all the mundane newer constructions. Now, I understand, the breakers have moved in.
It’s odd, that, and so very sad. Such cottages, beloved and steeped in flowers, draw appreciative visitors in their droves to traditional villages all over Britain. It could and should have been preserved.
Perchance my daughter stopped and took some pictures of ‘The Moorings’ on 6 June 2014 (when it was up for sale).