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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 ?
Rayleigh Through Time
Rayleigh Through Time
The changing face of Rayleigh
James Harriot
James Harriot
Founder of the Thames River Police
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
James Banyard
James Banyard
A Very Peculiar Preacher
Phillip Benton
Phillip Benton
Local Historian
Hockley Seasons
Hockley Seasons
Pictorial memories
Save our trees
Save our trees
Do you recognise anyone ?
Life on the land
Life on the land
Paglesham 1930s to 1950s
Rochford Primary School
Rochford Primary School
Swimming Lessons
Father E. Gallon
Father E. Gallon
Memories in a Picture
A Merry Christmas
A Merry Christmas
Hockley in Winter
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A Feast of Nostalgia
A Feast of Nostalgia
Was it Hockley Steam Fair, c.1973?
The church is St Andrew in Cotton, Suffolk...
By Phil
On 22/07/2014
A Feast of Nostalgia
A Feast of Nostalgia
Was it Hockley Steam Fair, c.1973?
Hi Robert, I am certain that what appears as a church in Pic 4 is not Hockley although I am unable to place it. Events like this used to take place in Rochford but still I cannot place that church there. I think you would be looking at 1976-197...
By Terry Ive
On 22/07/2014
Greensward Lane, Hockley
Greensward Lane, Hockley
Pulpits Farm Cottages
Hi, I'm looking for photographs of Phyllis Cottages, Greensward Lane, Hockley where my great grandmother Nellie Vyse lived with her husband Albert. I note you say they are now called Brook Cottages but were they once known by another name? ...
By Sharon Mullery
On 22/07/2014
The Foulness Heritage Centre
The Foulness Heritage Centre
Hi Stephen, as far as I know the Sunday opening of the Heritage Centre is along these lines: Centre opens every first Sunday of the month from April to October between midday and 4pm. The entry gate is at Landwick. To get there, take the...
By Bob Stephen
On 07/07/2014
The Foulness Heritage Centre
The Foulness Heritage Centre
Are there special events on the 3rd August, do we need to book?  Thanks. Stephen Beckett...
By Stephen Beckett
On 07/07/2014
Rochford - A rural primary school
Rochford - A rural primary school
Hello Sarah - I've just passed your request to Julia Smith (see first comment below)....
By Bob Stephen
On 07/07/2014
Rochford - A rural primary school
Rochford - A rural primary school
I am trying to trace any relatives of Harry Chapman to ask permission to use an oral history recording we have of him at the Essex Sound and Video Archive. If anyone has any contact details, I would be grateful if you could let me know: ...
By Sarah-Joy Maddeaux
On 07/07/2014
Hullbridge Postcards (9)
Hullbridge Postcards (9)
The Brickworks and Water Tower
Some more Hullbridge Brickworks information: Alfred Hobman had an advert in the 1902 trade directory for red bricks, tiles and chimney pots using London clay and divided London clay. In 1903 the equipment and stock at the brickworks was...
By B Meldon
On 27/06/2014
Hullbridge Postcards (9)
Hullbridge Postcards (9)
The Brickworks and Water Tower
This is the information I have about the brickworks in Hullbridge from various sources: It was established in c1899 by Alfred Hobman on a 65 acre site with five kilns, a hand worked tramway and a timber jetty on the river. The...
By B Meldon
On 25/06/2014
Hullbridge Postcards (9)
Hullbridge Postcards (9)
The Brickworks and Water Tower
Here is the 1922 0/S map centred on the water tower. It also shows the then disused brickworks buildings. http://www.old-maps.co.uk/maptiles/m101068_581220_195472.png...
By B Meldon
On 24/06/2014
Hartley's Ironmongers
Hartley's Ironmongers
Rochford Memories
Hartley's really was a gorgeous Aladdin's Cave crammed with bits with all sorts and Rochford was shocked when the old place was demolished that Sunday. I believe by the time the authorities stepped in to stop it's destruction it was too lat...
By Chris Jones
On 06/06/2014
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
"que hermoso lugar, me apasionan las historias de matchbox" Hello, I wanted to say that I love all the stories about matchbox. I like anything that has to do with these stories. I have beautiful memories of my childhood playing wi...
By Guillermo Oscar Sanchez
On 04/06/2014
The Palmers of Rochford
The Palmers of Rochford
Very interested in Julia Salmon's comment and would love to see the Bishop family tree. I met Stanley Bishop (in the shop) and also Albert Bishop. I am not sure whether or not I met a William Bishop. Lavinia Bishop (Auntie Weenie) lived in a flat o...
By Marion Morgan
On 02/06/2014
The Palmers of Rochford
The Palmers of Rochford
Emily Jane Bishop is my great grand aunt.  William Bishop, the draper, is my great, great grandfather, and his son William Bishop (Jnr) my great grandfather. I have a fairly complete family tree of most lines of the Bishop family.  Al...
By Julia Salmon
On 01/06/2014
Rochford Racecourse
Rochford Racecourse
Horses, dogs, airplanes ?
Prior to 1938 Daly’s Road was known as Potash Lane. There was a ‘clubhouse’ and a ‘stand’ at the dog race track that are shown on the 1938 1:10,560 O/S map, as are the kennels: ...
By B. Meldon
On 13/05/2014
North Street, Rochford
North Street, Rochford
As many may know the Post Office was actually built as the police station in 1846 and served as such until 1919 when the newer one was opened. It is known that smugglers were taken here by the customs officers and the two small original prison ...
By B Meldon
On 13/05/2014
Brickworks and Travellers
Brickworks and Travellers
All the small 2 foot gauge diesel locos that worked at the Cherry Orchard lane brickworks survive today. Some are at preservation sites but others are still in industrial service. There were at one time many such brickworks railways in the loca...
By B Meldon
On 08/05/2014
North Street, Rochford
North Street, Rochford
I wonder if anyone else heard about the supposed "smugglers" tunnels around the town. One I was told ran from the cellar of the Old Ship towards the Post Office?...
By Chris Jones
On 08/05/2014
Little Stambridge St. Mary's
Little Stambridge St. Mary's
Where items from the church demolition are now to be found
I asked my good friend and renowned bell historian David Sloman about the former bell at Little Stambridge. He confirmed that it was sold and melted down by bellfounders John Warner & Sons. However all is not lost as the inscription was cut fr...
By B Meldon
On 04/05/2014
Back Lane, Rochford
Back Lane, Rochford
I used to walk up Back Lane when catching the 11 to Paglesham in the 1950s and it certainly sported some odd buildings. One was the storage barn to Cramphorns where you could get your bunny hay. At the rear of The Kings Head were stables which were in ...
By Chris Jones
On 04/05/2014
Horners Corner & North Street, Rochford
Horners Corner & North Street, Rochford
Before the restoration work...
Mr & Mrs Horner were neighbours living round the corner in Hall Road and my parents knew them well with Doris often coming over to see my mother for tea. Horner's Corner was a colourful display of pheasants and all sorts of game ...
By Chris Jones
On 04/05/2014
Brickworks and Travellers
Brickworks and Travellers
I remember the Brickworks as a thriving business. They had their own little train netword to the clay pits with the tracks crossing Cherry Orchard Lane. I remember taking a class of school children there to see bricks being made. They specialised in ha...
By Chris Jones
On 04/05/2014
South Street, Rochford
South Street, Rochford
Sorry Len, I beg to differ and stick to that original post. The bus stop was there as I used to walk up Back Lane from Oak Road and turn RIGHT at the top. I wasn't the only one to catch The Paglesham bus to school. My near neighbour John Pitts...
By Chris Jones
On 04/05/2014
Rochford Racecourse
Rochford Racecourse
Horses, dogs, airplanes ?
Seems there was another racecourse at the Lawns and that the Ashingdon Road one was also used as an airfield. Here is a little racing information and here is the ...
By Bob Stephen
On 01/05/2014
The Foulness Heritage Centre
The Foulness Heritage Centre
Supplementary site info here - George and Dragon. This is the now closed pub at Churchend. Have a look at the article and comments secti...
By Bob Stephen
On 26/04/2014
The Foulness Heritage Centre
The Foulness Heritage Centre
Will visit this summer....
By Alan Chapman
On 26/04/2014
German Gun Mystery
German Gun Mystery
Anyone got any ideas ?
Here is a link to an article by M. F. Christophers about the German Gun.Comes from ...
By B Meldon
On 22/04/2014
South Street, Rochford
South Street, Rochford
With ref. to a bus stop outside Roughton's/The Beehive (a tobacconist and confectionery shop with a small tea room at the rear) - there never was a bus stop there, the bus stop was situated in the Square outside The King's Head Pub, this was th...
By Len Bickford
On 20/04/2014
Graves at Little Stambridge Hall
Graves at Little Stambridge Hall
Hello Brian, I've taken your interesting comment and converted it into a site article shown here and included your photo link of the church. If you have an...
By Bob Stephen
On 17/04/2014
Rochford Hospital Boiler House
Rochford Hospital Boiler House
From Boilers to Bedrooms!
"How high is the tower from ground level to the top most point, if anyone knows I would be very grateful kind regards - By Steve (02/09/2013)" In answer to Steve I reckon about 38 metres give or take. The underneath of the top ...
By Bob Stephen
On 16/04/2014
Canewdon View Road, Ashingdon (1)
Canewdon View Road, Ashingdon (1)
Houses my family lived in
Hello Patricia. Nathan Bell has just published a new article with some information that might be of interest to you including a couple of photos....
By Bob Stephen
On 15/04/2014
South Street, Rochford
South Street, Rochford
This part of South Street is still open for two way traffic. During the 1980’s when in my teen years I worked in the bike shop when it was run by a family who lived in Canewdon. They had renamed the business Witch Cycles. At that time the...
By B Meldon
On 15/04/2014
South Street, Rochford
South Street, Rochford
Outside the sweetshop slighly out of shot (to left of van) was a bus stop adjacent to the then newsagent and sweetshop. This was in the days when the road was not a one way street. Eastern National ran a regular service to Paglesham which was possibly ...
By Chris Jones
On 14/04/2014
Graves at Little Stambridge Hall
Graves at Little Stambridge Hall
When Little Stambridge St. Mary’s was demolished one window and its stone surrounds was saved and later installed in the west wall of the south aisle of Great Stambridge church where it can be seen today. The bell also survived the d...
By B Meldon
On 14/04/2014
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
I remember the Hunt family well as Mrs Hunt was kind enough to look after my brother Ken and I when the funeral of my brother took place. She gave us both a plum to eat and after we had eaten them I didn't know what to do with the pips, so I put th...
By Valerie Smerdon
On 14/04/2014
Graves at Little Stambridge Hall
Graves at Little Stambridge Hall
Here is a link to a photo of St. Mary’s Little Stambridge: http://www.essexchurches.info/images/019/0196p001.jpg Originating web page: ...
By B Meldon
On 03/04/2014
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Just a quick comment. Valerie together with my brother Peter Hunt and parents lived opposite you and your family in Rectory Road. I recall all that you have written growing up as a child in Rectory Road.  Denise, I remember your mu...
By Patricia James
On 03/04/2014
Graves at Little Stambridge Hall
Graves at Little Stambridge Hall
The church at Little Stambridge Hall was St Mary NOT All Saints. The church at Great Stambridge was/is called All Saints but actually St Mary and All Saints I think. The parishes were united in 1889 and the little church of St Mary which had been resto...
By Keith Taylor
On 01/04/2014
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
Hi, I'm hoping that if I say the name Bridie (Bridget) Preston someone will remember my nan. She worked here from the day it opened to the day it shut. When I was a little girl I use to wait at the gates for her sometimes with a dog. She loved...
By Jo Boosey
On 11/03/2014
George and Dragon, Churchend
George and Dragon, Churchend
Hi Fred and Megan - I've sent you an email with your email addresses included. Thank you for the copy of the book you sent me a while back Fred - its a very interesting book and shows its not plain sailing running a pub, especially taking a...
By Bob Stephen
On 06/03/2014
George and Dragon, Churchend
George and Dragon, Churchend
Could you give Megan my email address then I can get in touch ? Thanks Fred...
By Fred
On 06/03/2014
George and Dragon, Churchend
George and Dragon, Churchend
Hi Fred, I'm really interested in the history of Foulness. It would be great to get a copy of your book. If you have any left I'd love to buy one. Best, Megan...
By Megan
On 06/03/2014
Memories of Hullbridge (1)
Memories of Hullbridge (1)
Was your mother's name Betty and did you live at 25 Mapledene?  I lived at 35 until 1981 when I moved to Australia....
By Margaret Johnson
On 02/03/2014
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Just reading this and had to comment. My mum was one of the Gridleys you mention above, Doreen Gridley and I remember Mrs Abrahams she looked after my mum and her brothers and sister when they lost their dad. My mum lived in Sweyne Ave when she...
By Denise Anderton
On 02/03/2014
Lesney Matchbox in Rochford
Lesney Matchbox in Rochford
Can anybody remember the bus driver at Rochford, Doug King? He passed away last week. God bless him he was a nice man....
By Fred Williams
On 22/02/2014
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
I am glad you found it of interest Emma. I agree it is highly likely that the waste material was dumped on this site as it was derelict for many years. Since I posted the information below the only further information I have f...
By B. Meldon
On 22/02/2014
The Palmers of Rochford
The Palmers of Rochford
As mentioned previously I have been researching the Rankin's Cricket Club history and William Palmer features over many years.  This is William Edward Palmer I believe born 1876 and who took over the Butcher's shop in West Street from his ...
By Brian Pettitt
On 15/02/2014
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
The information about Magnolia Brickworks is brilliant. I often walk through there- on many occasions have found 1940s-50s era glass bottles and crockery, and wondered why it was there. It is easily found in the wooded area where badgers have been digg...
By Emma
On 13/02/2014
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
I worked at Lesney in Rochford in the late 70s. The bus picked us up in Great Wakering. I remember attaching wheels to chassis as well but first I learnt to attach the wheels to wire. I remember the machines kept jamming. I couldn't keep up and had...
By Viv Bailleux
On 12/02/2014
The Palmers of Rochford
The Palmers of Rochford
May "Mabel Ellen Palmer" 1881-1957 was married to my 4th cousin, Percy Augustine Binley. He died in France in 1918....
By Jodie Edgar
On 07/02/2014