Beyond the Point is an award winning organisation dedicated to revealing the unseen history of South-East Essex. Our mission is to archive and record the historic remains in your local area and to enlighten local residents on their local history. Our direct and hands-on approach sees the ‘BTP Boys’ adventure out and about to film, photograph and discover the local area. About UsOur excursions cover many areas within Essex and beyond, discovering old structures and surviving remnants from the past. In addition to these unseen areas, we also have a keen interest in going behind the scenes and covering unique perspectives of more well known historic sites.

Beyond the Point was founded in 2011 by Canvey Island born and bred teenagers Joe Mander and Liam Heatherson. Aged 14 at the time, we enjoyed discovering and learning about our local history and wanted to share our discoveries with others. Within two years of running the site, we were awarded with the prestigious titles of ‘Best Online Community Website’ and ‘Best National Archive 2012′. Four years on we have done numerous presentations for community groups, held stalls at several community events and have even been involved in the campaign launch for ‘Explore Your Archive’ which was held at the Houses of Parliament.

We are enthusiastic to get other teenagers involved and work hard towards our digital media approach. We produce documentaries on the locations that we visit, entirely shot and edited by ourselves and also heavily photograph the sites to keep a permanent recollection of them.

Beyond the Point in numbers:

– We’ve visited over 100 historic sites

– Our website has had over 200,000 views

– We’ve had over 100,000 hits on YouTube on our 90+ videos

– We’re liked by over 700 people on Facebook

We would like to hear from you on the history of our uncovered structures and locations, and hope that this website is of great interest to you, keeping you regularly updated on upcoming events and adventures…

Please contact us regarding the distribution of images on this website. We have no objection for our personal photographs to be reproduced with attributions of Beyond the Point however some third party content is protected under copyright laws.

Meet the BTP Boys: Beyond BTP

DSC_0877Liam Heatherson

Hello – for now, I’m Liam Heatherson, and not BTP Liam! Aside from being interested in local history and outdoor exploring, I have many interests. General history has always fascinated me developing from interest at a young age in the Mediaval era, to Edwardian and wartime.­­ I am also into scale miniature modelling and painting. I won Bronze in the Under 15 category at the UK’s most well known Warhammer painting competition in 2010.­­ I’m not all history and models though, I can’t beat a good session of video gaming!­­ I love music, and have been playing the guitar for several years. Rhythm & blues really capture me, and my interest was started by Canvey Island’s own Dr. Feelgood.

DSC_0875Joe Mander

Hello all it’s Joe here! Like Liam, I also have many other interests putting the local history and outdoor exploring aside. My main interesting (and also my virtual life) is my computer! I love technology and gadgets and I’m always up for making a quick video or website! I find it interesting of how many things can be done on the internet, weather it’s Facebook or creating a video, it’s all possible! My other hobby is filming. I love to explore my imagination and express it visually. It allows you to create a whole new world, where anything is possible! In June 2012, I was shortlisted in a national NHS competition for a film that I had submitted on YouTube and I got into the finals! I was also given a Jack Petchey award for my efforts in BTP and also the charity work that I do. Twitter/Website

  1. Nanning says:

    There was an old rubbish dump located Hadleigh side of the Ray, between Canvey and Hadleigh Downs, below Hadleigh Castle.
    I was told that it was actually a dump for London rubbish and barges used to bring the rubbish up from London in the past, true or not, I don’t know?

    Back in the 1970’s I saw people digging and poking around there finding China Victorian Dolls heads and various other bits and pieces.

    I got the impression at the time that it was a bit of a secret and was told not to tell anyone.

    40 years have elapsed – To hell with it – I’ve told someone now.

    Good luck with the Website by the way

    • BTP Liam says:

      Thanks for your information – that’s exactly what we’re after! That dump must be what is now Two Tree Island. The dates help allot too, thanks! What do you mean by ‘the Ray’?

      • Nanning says:

        I believe the ‘Ray’ is the stretch of water between Canvey and the Benfleet/Hadleigh mainland heading out to the estuary

        The area I refer to is not Two Tree Island.

        Best way to describe it’s location – Go to Hadleigh Castle – Right hand side, between the Castle and the Sally Army settlement there is a wide stretch of land, including a grass road/path.
        follow this all the way down to the bottom. It was in this vicinity.
        Warning, this land might belong to the Sally Army.

        Suggestion – Go into Hadleigh library and ask there for any information, you might strike lucky…

        Also, whilst in Hadleigh – Ask about the Roman Baths – Located on the ‘Downs’

    • BTP Liam says:

      We just bought a new domain name for Beyond the Point, which is the more concise ‘beyondthepoint.co.uk’ .
      You can still get to the site via the old ‘beyondcanvey.wordpress.com@ address, and it is currently 2nd on Google, if you search for Beyond the Point!


  2. BTP Liam says:

    Thanks, this information sounds like a good trip – we thought on doing one of the less so ‘unseen’ Hadleigh Castle, but that won’t take long, so we”l fit in the rest of this! Those baths sound interesting, I went through the Downs before, but never know of either of these locations.

  3. BTP Liam says:

    Is the dump that marshy section which is surrounded by an earth wall just on the west end after Two Tree Island?

  4. BTP Liam says:

    Could you also tell me about the Roman Baths, because I cannot find anything about them on the internet. Thanks

    • Paul says:

      I used to live in benfleet and remember visiting the “roman baths” near Hadliegh Castle as a kid in the 1960’s not sure if they were authentic baths though. I seem to remember a large lake close by too and I actually fished there but that was filled in around 1970

      • dean says:

        I remember some think of what i think is a roman bath not far from hadleigh castle on the downs at benfleet back in the early eighties it was like picture tiles surround.
        its probably cover all over know by bushes and weeds cause it wasn’t exactly in the open back then

  5. Martin says:

    Hi there,

    if you want to investigate the Hadleigh Dump. I know all about it as I too did dig there.

    I also have various shards of Roman Pottery collected from Canvey


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  15. Jennifer says:

    Hi, can you tell me if i can metal detect on canvey beaches?

    • BTP Joe says:

      Hello, yes you can metal detect on the beaches and mud. If you want to on the main beach I would suggest either really early or later as it gets very busy in the hot weather.

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