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Sutton and Shopland
Sutton and Shopland
A brief history
Tragedy at Fleethall Creek in 1937
Tragedy at Fleethall Creek in 1937
Woman drowns within yards of safety
Roughton's Garage, Rochford
Roughton's Garage, Rochford
Cars and bikes in South Street
The Man from Timbuctoo
The Man from Timbuctoo
A well-known Rayleigh resident
Exceptional Rayleigh Characters
Exceptional Rayleigh Characters
A dozen - never to be forgotten
Back Lane
Back Lane
The way it was in the 60s
Magnolia Park
Magnolia Park
Nature Reserve
Islands for sale by auction
Islands for sale by auction
Potton and Rushley go under the hammer
Topsfield Family Matters
Topsfield Family Matters
Some photos and memorabilia
Rayleigh WW1 survivors
Rayleigh WW1 survivors
Information about some of the 113 men who returned
Rawreth Gunsite and POW Camp
Rawreth Gunsite and POW Camp
Recollections on its layout and usage
Rayleigh Wartime Relics
Rayleigh Wartime Relics
Recollections of Wartime Relics in Rayleigh in the early post war period.
Moses Abbott
Moses Abbott
A mother's letters
A lost Fambridge
A lost Fambridge
Fambridge Hall circa 1890
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
Rawreth, Canewdon and Foulness each hit five times
My time in Rochford
My time in Rochford
Affectionate memories
Hambro Hill in the early 50s
Hambro Hill in the early 50s
Childhood memories
Greensward Lane, Hockley, 2
Greensward Lane, Hockley, 2
Pulpits Farm Cottages
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Some history and memories
Religious Conflict in Canewdon 200 Years Ago.
Religious Conflict in Canewdon 200 Years Ago.
Baptists attracted local opposition
Rayleigh WW1 survivors
Rayleigh WW1 survivors
A gathering of 113 men who came back
Rochford Racecourse
Rochford Racecourse
Horses, dogs, airplanes ?
A former Wakering resident
A former Wakering resident
James (Jim) Hodges
Little Stambridge St. Mary's
Little Stambridge St. Mary's
Where items from the church demolition are now to be found
German Gun Mystery
German Gun Mystery
Anyone got any ideas ?
Canewdon View Road, Ashingdon (2)
Canewdon View Road, Ashingdon (2)
Sunnyside, Derek Hurrell's home
Audio Archives
Audio Archives
Source material of audio clips on the site plus other audio not yet used to illustrate articles
Canewdon View Road, Ashingdon (1)
Canewdon View Road, Ashingdon (1)
Houses my family lived in
The river Roach at Paglesham
The river Roach at Paglesham
A walk along the sea wall
Les Thorington's memories
Les Thorington's memories
of Stambridge and Rochford
The
The "Bobbing " Ponds
From torture to tranquility
Childhood Wartime Memories
Childhood Wartime Memories
Adopted Aircrew
Hullbridge Postcards (9)
Hullbridge Postcards (9)
The Brickworks and Water Tower
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
A history of one of the first radar stations
Hullbridge Postcards (8)
Hullbridge Postcards (8)
Smugglers Den
Hullbridge Postcards (7)
Hullbridge Postcards (7)
Shell Cottage
Paul Bennet's Climbing Test
Paul Bennet's Climbing Test
as told to Mave Sipple
Hullbridge Postcards (6)
Hullbridge Postcards (6)
The Davis Caravan Camp
Hullbridge Postcards (5)
Hullbridge Postcards (5)
Post Office and Mayfield Club
Hullbridge Postcards (4)
Hullbridge Postcards (4)
Ferry Road in the 1900's
Hullbridge Postcards (3)
Hullbridge Postcards (3)
Ye Olde Anchor Tea Room and Garden
Hullbridge Postcards (1)
Hullbridge Postcards (1)
Plotland Bungalow
Hullbridge Postcards (2)
Hullbridge Postcards (2)
Hullbridge School
It's about time..
It's about time..
Beautiful clock can be seen again
Tudor Queen Productions
Tudor Queen Productions
An active amateur dramatic group
Court Report, Rochford
Court Report, Rochford
Petty Session 2 November 1882
Bull's Head Tree at Stambridge
Bull's Head Tree at Stambridge
Where is it now ?
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Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
A history of one of the first radar stations
As a kid in the 1970s I can remember going into the buildings on what we called the Air Ministry - the equipment and furniture was all there but mostly flooded.  There were other underground bunkers which were completely flooded in the paddock at ...
By Tim Armstrong
On 18/03/2015
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hi Bob, I am sending the photo as an attachment (Note from RDCA: photo now added to end of above article). I cannot date the photo but Cliftonville Stores was owned by Mr & Mrs Ayres senior who later opened Ayres coa...
By Patricia James
On 16/03/2015
Lesney Matchbox in Rochford
Lesney Matchbox in Rochford
Hi there , I was a forklift driver at Rochford, I worked there from 79 - 82, my name Steve Lapwood , I went there straight from school and my mum Margaret was a production clerk in Plastics....
By Steve Lapwood
On 16/03/2015
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hello Patricia, If you cannot easily scan your photo and send me the digital image by email then please post the photo to: Bob Stephen, Flat 9, Rochford Lofts, Pollards Close, Rochford, SS4 1GB I'll ...
By Bob Stephen
On 14/03/2015
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
The photos of Rectory Road are really great thank you so much for sharing.  I have not seen these photos before or any of this time anywhere, I wonder what other properties were in Rectory Road at this time, does anyone have any photos or dat...
By Patricia James
On 14/03/2015
Hockley Seasons
Hockley Seasons
Pictorial memories
Hello Robert, yes you're right about the twins. Their names were Moon & Star. Really lovely mares that were tiny but always had massive foals!...
By Carla Calver
On 09/03/2015
South Fambridge River Crossing
South Fambridge River Crossing
Was there a hermitage or small chapel ever recorded for Canterbury pilgrims - perhaps where the Ferry House is now?...
By Wendy Rose
On 02/03/2015
Memories of Hullbridge (2)
Memories of Hullbridge (2)
Hi, I've just read your post about the Smugglers pub in Hullbridge.  I don't know if you will remember but do you remember a man called Keith who had a nickname Butch who had a jazz band that played at the Smugglers in the 1950s?  If ...
By Kate
On 19/02/2015
Roughton's Garage, Rochford
Roughton's Garage, Rochford
Cars and bikes in South Street
Here is a link to Google Street-view taken from the same location as the first photo: https://www.google.co.uk/...
By B Meldon
On 19/02/2015
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
I have fond memories of the Lesney factory. I worked there as as a young teenager around about 1980.  I started in the moulding shop packing the plastic mouldings as they came out of the machines.  As a beginner I struggled to keep up with on...
By Adrian English
On 15/02/2015
Memories of Gusted Hall by Andrew Kyd
Memories of Gusted Hall by Andrew Kyd
I am 68yrs old. My Mum, born in 1915, Doris E. Fry (with her sister Ivy) grew up in Honeypots, a smallholding in Gusted Hall Lane. Her adoptive parents were Tom and Edith Robinson. Edith died whilst Mum was in her teens and Tom then married Daisy. The ...
By Joy Thomas (neé Lang)
On 10/02/2015
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
Hello just looking up the history of Match Box. My neighbour told me she used to work there in Rochford. Does anyone remember her? Her name is Nita Emmones....
By Maxine Sinclair
On 09/02/2015
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
Rawreth, Canewdon and Foulness each hit five times
A V-2 launched from Holland at 09:19 on January 29th 1945 landed in a field in Shotgate causing slight damage to a farm and injuring 3 people. Perhaps this was the one?...
By B Meldon
On 29/01/2015
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
Rawreth, Canewdon and Foulness each hit five times
I was told by my parents that several V2s came down in the area of Shotgate. During WW2 one of Norman Clarke's (former Mayor of Southend) jobs at Fort Halstead in Kent was to produce reports of V2 strikes in the UK, but to associate each strike wit...
By Bernard de Neumann
On 26/01/2015
Exceptional Rayleigh Characters
Exceptional Rayleigh Characters
A dozen - never to be forgotten
I also remember "Trampy" Harvey, but didn't know his name, or nickname, as he was often working in his garden. On the day of my father's funeral, he waited at the roadside outside his home on Down Hall Road, and as the procession passed him by,...
By Bernard de Neumann
On 19/01/2015
Exceptional Rayleigh Characters
Exceptional Rayleigh Characters
A dozen - never to be forgotten
As I recall, Albert Cable suffered from polio as a child, but his parents were both killed by a V1 which came down on the High Road, Rayleigh....
By Bernard de Neumann
On 19/01/2015
Exceptional Rayleigh Characters
Exceptional Rayleigh Characters
A dozen - never to be forgotten
There was a man who lived in Thundersley, who lost his three outer fingers when he accidentally cut them off with a circular saw.  I don't know what his name was but he was universally known as "One finger, one thumb", after the song and dance...
By Bernard de Neumann
On 19/01/2015
An Interview with Len Bickford - Pt 2
An Interview with Len Bickford - Pt 2
Makes me think about things that were there as a child and are now gone forever....
By B Spearman
On 19/01/2015
Magnolia Park
Magnolia Park
Nature Reserve
Mike Handford was clearly the Chairman of the District Council at the time, he is wearing the chain of office and wielding a spade... Cllr Heather Glynn (still serving on the District Council) is wearing a blue coat....
By Chris Black
On 13/01/2015
Magnolia Park
Magnolia Park
Nature Reserve
Magnolia Road dates from sometime between 1897 and 1923. As I mentioned on another page it was previously named York Road in the 1930’s, then later in the 1950’s and into the early 1960’s it was York Road West. It is d...
By B Meldon
On 13/01/2015
Magnolia Park
Magnolia Park
Nature Reserve
Another factory on the Magnolia Road site was one making mouldings. These came in all shapes and sizes, were made from wood and were for building purposes and picture framing. I think the business moved to Purdy's estate later on. The  kennels...
By Sue Horncastle
On 09/01/2015
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Here is the same location in 2009 on Google Street view: ...
By B Meldon
On 24/12/2014
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Loved the archive photos of Hawkwell. It was a great place for children to grow up in. thanks for sharing them. Valerie. ...
By Valerie Smerdon
On 24/12/2014
Islands for sale by auction
Islands for sale by auction
Potton and Rushley go under the hammer
Perhaps surprisingly the causeway to Rushley Island has changed very little...
By B Meldon
On 24/12/2014
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hello Jon - I've published your comment below under your pseudonym "Nathan Bell". That way you can see a list of all your contributions on the site if you click on My Pages in the top bar or on ...
By Bob Stephen
On 21/12/2014
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hello Rochford Archive, Can you please add the attached postcard picture to the Val Smerdon article from October 2012 or perhaps there is a better location… The card view is of Rectory Road, Hawkwell looking towards the church wit...
By Nathan Bell
On 21/12/2014
An interview with Len Bickford
An interview with Len Bickford
Part 1
Hi Len, long time no see. I went to school with Len. I have very fond memories of all those days. Lovely to see you in print. God Bless....
By Bill McElligott
On 09/12/2014
Foulness School
Foulness School
I would think the photos were taken at the end of the 19th or first quarter of the 20th centuries.  They are copies of photos exhibited in the Foulness Heritage Museum at Church End, Foulness which is open to the public on the first Sunday of the ...
By Sue Horncastle
On 27/11/2014
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Some history and memories
I have been having a play with the new old-maps web site over the last few days and I think that links to individual map tiles are possible and in some considerable detail as well! If this works here is a link to the 1923 5 inch O/S map of the ...
By B. Meldon
On 25/11/2014
Bob Bowyer's Memories of Love Lane School, Rayleigh
Bob Bowyer's Memories of Love Lane School, Rayleigh
I attended Love Lane School from 1942-1943. I remember the head teacher, a formidable lady. We did a 'broadcast' which turned out to be just a pretend! I also remember a friend called Margaret Kinsey....
By Joyce Affleck
On 22/11/2014
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Some history and memories
Thanks Brian, I've just asked old-maps to see if they can put an appropriate message on their site when we click on one of the existing old-maps links we have. At the moment all that happens is that nothing happens - which is a rather unsatisfactor...
By Bob Stephen
On 20/11/2014
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Some history and memories
Please note that the direct links to the old-maps web site no longer work. The web site had been changed this week (Nov 2014) so that direct links to full maps are now impossible and detailed views are only permitted if you pay a £9.99 month...
By B Meldon
On 20/11/2014
Foulness School
Foulness School
Would anyone know the date the two photographs of the schoolchildren was taken ? Thank you...
By Mick Smith
On 15/11/2014
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Some history and memories
All I can remember of the siding was that it was in front of the block of kilns and sometimes there was a rake of open wagons there which were loaded with bricks. There certainly was no signal box by the early 50s. The kilns were in one big blo...
By Sid Barker
On 15/11/2014
Rawreth Gunsite and POW Camp
Rawreth Gunsite and POW Camp
Recollections on its layout and usage
We are sisters of Len Millard of whom you mentioned in your article.  We lived at the gun site approximately 1953-1955.  The layout of the camp is as you described except you didn't know what the concrete ramp was for.  It wa...
By Doris & Barbara Allen, née Millard
On 09/11/2014
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Some history and memories
The exact location any layout of the standard gauge siding can be seen on the 1929 O/S map: http://www.old-maps.co.uk/maptiles/m101068_580996_191868.png The...
By B Meldon
On 07/11/2014
Shopland Church
Shopland Church
A hidden and forgotten churchyard
I used to live in the house called Temple View and used to attend Sunday School in the church hall and also went to Sutton Church on many occasions. Also attended Sutton Primary School. Many Happy Memorys :o) ...
By Jacqueline Townsend, née Veitch
On 07/11/2014
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Some history and memories
I live on the Lambricks estate and would love to see any old photographs people may have - either of the site as the brick works or the houses when first built by Wiggins. I'm also interested in the railway and understand that there used to be a si...
By Danny Hickey
On 07/11/2014
Bull Inn, Hockley
Bull Inn, Hockley
Thanks Mel, yes please if its more or different to that shown in the link below. We could also maybe put up a short article on the site specifically about the club: http://hockleyltc.co.uk/Clu...
By Bob Stephen
On 03/11/2014
Bull Inn, Hockley
Bull Inn, Hockley
I have been compiling a record of history on Hockley Lawn Tennis Club and wondered if you wanted a copy for archive?...
By mel bennett
On 03/11/2014
Rochford Hospital Boiler House
Rochford Hospital Boiler House
From Boilers to Bedrooms!
I was one of possibly thousands born in the hospital in 1945 when it was the maternity hospital for Southend-on-sea....
By Chris Clark
On 16/10/2014
Lesney Matchbox in Rochford
Lesney Matchbox in Rochford
My name is Dave Hart, I was adopted by William (Bill) Hart and worked at Lesneys between 1972 and 1975 along with Bill with Ray. My birth name was Webb and I believe my brother Ian work there some time after I left. I have been looking ...
By Dave Hart
On 05/10/2014
Rawreth Gunsite and POW Camp
Rawreth Gunsite and POW Camp
Recollections on its layout and usage
Several of the camp buildings survive in industrial use. Here are two examples on ‘streetview’: ...
By B Meldon
On 03/10/2014
Rawreth Gunsite and POW Camp
Rawreth Gunsite and POW Camp
Recollections on its layout and usage
Thanks Sid, I eventually found the map in question as a free version. I made a clip from it of the buildings on the site and have put the clip in the article. Regards, Bob...
By Bob Stephen
On 30/09/2014
Rawreth Gunsite and POW Camp
Rawreth Gunsite and POW Camp
Recollections on its layout and usage
Bob, I think you are right about both, but I worked out that if you go to the Old-Maps website, type in Rawreth in the search box and when the map comes up move it until the marker is roughly over the industrial estate and click on it. A menu o...
By Sid Barker
On 30/09/2014
Rawreth Gunsite and POW Camp
Rawreth Gunsite and POW Camp
Recollections on its layout and usage
Impressive Sid, wish my memory was as good as yours! I tried to get a look at the map you reference (1961/65 post WW2 Rayleigh Industrial Estate) and listen to the audio recording about POWs (SA24/488/1). Seems as if they are unavailabl...
By Bob Stephen
On 30/09/2014
Horners Corner, Rochford
Horners Corner, Rochford
Then and now
As I also seem to remember, Horner's also had a pasture in South St just beyond where the Police Stn is on the opposite side of road. The field had large 'conker' trees growing alongside the road fence. We used to collect them when they wer...
By Len Bickford
On 18/09/2014
Horners Corner, Rochford
Horners Corner, Rochford
Then and now
When I was a little boy growing up in Rochford, Horner's was a working butchers shop with an abattoir at the back. They bought the animals from the market in The Square and took then to the holding pens in Quys Lane (opposite large green doors at s...
By Len Bickford
On 18/09/2014
Horners Corner, Rochford
Horners Corner, Rochford
Then and now
Here is a link to the text from the 1978 listing of the buildings: http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-123210-horner-s-corner-horner-s-c...
By B Meldon
On 15/09/2014
South Fambridge River Crossing
South Fambridge River Crossing
Benton talks of the island shown on old maps of Essex as being in direct line with the Fambridge ferry. I do not think this is correct. Here is a link to a detailed image of the 1610 John Speed map: ...
By B Meldon
On 08/09/2014