The Canvey Island Webcam shows views over the rooftops of Canvey Island.
Canvey Island is an island in the River Thames estuary off the coast of Essex, England. It is also the name of the town on that island, though this is sometimes shortened to Canvey.
The coast of Canvey Island was host to the Chapman Lighthouse famously described in Joseph Conrad's novel 'Heart of Darkness'. It is believed that the peril of the mudflats below such shallow waters off the Canvey Island coast prompted the Romans to devise some form of beacon as a warning in the area. In 1851 a hexagonal lighthouse was constructed by the engineer James Walker, a consultant lighthouse engineer at Trinity House at the time. This all-iron lighthouse replaced a lightship which had been moored in the area for the preceding four years. The lighthouse was demolished in 1957 due to its poor condition.
During the Victorian era Canvey was a very fashionable place to visit and many thought its air to have healing properties. Canvey Island benefited from this and thousands of people flocked to it especially from places like London. This was the case until the late 1970's when tourism to the Island declined.
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