Benfleet’s Oldest House – The Moorings

The oldest house in Benfleet as it has been known was formerly a ‘poorhouse’, which we would interpret as a government-funded structure that would support those in poverty and provide them with housing. Whilst ‘poorhouses’ include the trecherous workhouses of the Victorian era, the three houses including the Moorings would appear to be only a place to live for the poor with perhaps work in and on the land around the house to pay for their residence.

Photographs above are from HadleighHistory.org.uk in an article written by local author and Historian Robert Hallman

Dave Blackwell with the building when it was supposedly 'saved' from demolition, months before it was torn down

Dave Blackwell with the building when it was supposedly ‘saved’ from demolition, months before it was torn down

Whilst the building is thought to have been extant since 1621, it is believed only a small part of the house is still contemporary because of the amount of changes it has seen in the years since. A report from the Castle Point Echo in September 2014 explains ‘the oldest house in Benfleet has been saved from demolition… for now… councillors admit it is only a matter of time before someone puts forward another application’. It appears that application has come forward because as of Summer 2015 a building fence has sprung up around the building and it now exists torn in half and semi-demolished. We managed to get some photographs before it went completely.

Comments
  1. Ian says:

    Should have been made into a museum to dispaly historic benfleet artifacts

    • Michael Walsh says:

      This house should have been saved as it is an important part of Benfleet’s history. Also the Blacksmith’s workshop next to the Hoy and Helmet could have been used as a museum of historic artifacts instead of being demolished. My Grandfather, Harry Thurgood, was the last Blacksmith to work there and retired in the mid 1950’s.

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