Canvey Island
Anne Marcus

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Many people assume that the Jewish population of England is located in the main towns and cities and that remote parts of the coastline would have little appeal to the community. However, there is a history of Jews from London settling in precisely these places. There were Jewish visitors and settlers in Canvey from the 19th Century, who perhaps enjoyed the pollution free air of Canvey and then saw a place where someone with imagination and a little entrepreneurial flair could make their mark and could be an individual. Morris Hartfield was precisely one such figure, who played his part in shaping modern-day Canvey Island and performed an important local philanthropic role. This trend continues until the present day along the Thames Estuary.

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