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) is a civil parish and reclaimed island in the Thames estuary in England.
It is separated from the mainland of south Essex by a network of creeks.
The island itself has its name derived from the Anglo-Saxon Caningaege; meaning The Island of Cana's People.
such that comparative spellings would also include Canefe, Kaneweye, Kaneveye, and Koneveye.
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.Lying only just above sea level it is prone to flooding at exceptional tides, but has nevertheless been inhabited since the Roman invasion of Britain.The island was mainly agricultural land until the 20th century when it became the fastest growing seaside resort in Britain between 1911-1951.