John, I know that you knock Canvey and each to their own opinion, but do you know what you are missing? Allow me to conduct you on a tour of our island.
Starting at Benfleet station you will find this to be one of the best examples of Rococo architecture of its kind. Onward across the fine grassland with the design and lay out by Capability Brown no less, offering fine views of the estuary. It is little known that Lord Nelson and the Victory were often on patrol in and around Benfleet creek to protect the Essex people from the rampaging Kentish men.
Now on to the island and after the Waterside roundabout(modern) we find ourselves on Long Road, built by the Romans as a look alike to Watling Street. This road runs straight to the town save for another modern addition, the Safeway roundabout. Now Safeways, that fine emporium where one can find porcelain and fine art in the Chinoiserie style and this being just next door to the Scottish eaterie McDonalds as frequented by the Emperor Hadrian when in these parts.
Moving on along Long Road we pass the two churches finished in the true Baroque style with their huge sweeping domes before heading on to the town itself where one marvels at the focal point of Bernini's elliptical piazza.
Having feasted on all the above we eventually arrive at Park Lane, much maligned by many visiting fans but, actually, in very good condition since it is another example of Roman influence on the island. Built to mirror the famous Roman amphitheatre it is thought that the Emperor Nero was a regular visitor for the gladiatorial battles which took place here.
I hope that I have put you straight on the attractions of Canvey and hope that this will serve as a guide as to what you should be looking for on your next visit.
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Ah? what's that? Oh it's my alarm clock, it must be time to get up!!!