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Millenium Sculpture
Millenium Sculpture
What and where
Home Guard 1939-1945
Home Guard 1939-1945
Barling, Wakering, Sutton & Shopland
A Rochford Clock
A Rochford Clock
"John Gullock"
60th Birthday this week
60th Birthday this week
4th Rochford Scout Group
1953 Floods
1953 Floods
60th Anniversary Memories
My Rochford
My Rochford
A rhyming story
The Whispering Court
The Whispering Court
Funny goings on at the Kings Head, Rochford
Ve Day 1945
Ve Day 1945
Rochford celebrations
G F Harrod
G F Harrod
A well known Peculiar Person
Peter Taylor - A Life In Business
Peter Taylor - A Life In Business
Part 2 - Taylors of Hockley Ltd.
Peter Taylor - A Life in Business
Peter Taylor - A Life in Business
Part 1 - Early Days
The honest Peculiar People
The honest Peculiar People
An unusual Christian sect
A Lost Fambridge
A Lost Fambridge
The Crawford Family
Ron Ewers
Ron Ewers
A few photographs
Memories of Rochford
Memories of Rochford
A tandem tale
A Life of Photographs
A Life of Photographs
The work of Samuel Saxby-Hill 1874-1961
Oldest Lady
Oldest Lady
Oldest Woman Member
George Ladbrook
George Ladbrook
Chauffeur to Edward V111
Rochford Market
Rochford Market
A brief history
Historians from Paglesham
Historians from Paglesham
Images from February 1994
GWENDOBO
GWENDOBO
A house on the Hullbridge plotlands
Holt Farm (Hawkwell Holt) School
Holt Farm (Hawkwell Holt) School
Photos and names from the 60s
Dinghy Adventure
Dinghy Adventure
A close shave for four lads
Rayleigh Firestation
Rayleigh Firestation
Snaps from the 60s
The Bells of Canewdon
The Bells of Canewdon
Church bells old and new
Rochford Hospital
Rochford Hospital
Over 150 years of caring for the sick and elderly
Shopland Church
Shopland Church
St Mary Magdalene
Paglesham VPA and Hockley Bell
Paglesham VPA and Hockley Bell
Anyone got more information about these ?
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
The latest comments from this site

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The Foulness Heritage Centre
The Foulness Heritage Centre
Why can't we have a public open day on Saturdays when there is a bus service? Among other things this would help keep the bus going....
By Simon Norton
On 24/03/2017
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
Hi yes its me Taz, alive and kicking, living in Hockley Essex married Chris from Lesney'sThanks for responding so quickly to my email Taz - Anthony Hart would like to get in touch with anyone who...
By Taz
On 19/03/2017
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
My name is Tony, I worked at Lesney's in Rochford for 10 years - 2 spells. I first started as an 18 year old on nights in summer 1971 - went onto days early '73. I left in 1977 then went back...
By Anthony Hart
On 18/03/2017
A Rochford Clock
A Rochford Clock
"John Gullock"
I am currently researching the Gullock/Gullick family tree and would welcome any information to assist me in my endeavours. Access to any Gullock/Gullick family trees would be much appreciated....
By Kevin John Gullick
On 28/02/2017
James Banyard
James Banyard
A Very Peculiar Preacher
Terry, There are two Harrod articles on the site which will be of interest. If you put Harrod in the search box in the top right corner of the main page you should easily find them. Regards, Bob...
By Bob Stephen
On 23/02/2017
James Banyard
James Banyard
A Very Peculiar Preacher
I wrote yesterday but I am not sure if my comment in your comments section went through. My great grandfather James (he was born around 1950) Harrod's uncle was a former bishop in the Church...
By Terry Hill
On 23/02/2017
James Banyard
James Banyard
A Very Peculiar Preacher
I am doing genealogical research on my family too. My grandfather was James Harrod. His uncle was known to be a bishop in the church  of peculiar people!  The story is that he had facial...
By Terry Hill
On 21/02/2017
Retirement of Nurse Millard 1971
Retirement of Nurse Millard 1971
Not sure if either of these fit the description by Don but in 1956 (April) the relief nurses were N.Foster 128 London Road Rayleigh and N.Baines of Hockley.  Nurse Millard delivered me at this...
By Andrew Hart
On 18/02/2017
Rayleigh Firestation
Rayleigh Firestation
Snaps from the 60s
Thanks to Sue for a comprehensive snapsot of some of the work by the Rayleigh (22) fire crews. The wartime log is currently at the Rayleigh museum for analysis of the Rayleigh people within. Andrew...
By Andrew Hart
On 11/02/2017
Rayleigh Firemen Bailed out Canvey
Rayleigh Firemen Bailed out Canvey
Bob,  Please can you or Sue correct my error as highlight by Tony Sach, back row, second in from the left should read Ray Sach and not Bert Pickup. Sorry for the mistake. Andrew...
By Andrew Hart
On 11/02/2017
Rayleigh Firemen Bailed out Canvey
Rayleigh Firemen Bailed out Canvey
Tony, I'm so sorry for the error, I can only think I was looking at a different photo when transposing the names. As you know the "22" crew were very successful in this era winning the efficiency...
By Andrew Hart
On 11/02/2017
Millenium Sculpture
Millenium Sculpture
What and where
I had a look at the reservoir recently and spotted the sculpture on the island.  It is greenish with algae and looks like at least one water bird.  It seems flattish and slightly abstract. ...
By Sue Horncastle
On 05/02/2017
HMS Beagle at Paglesham
HMS Beagle at Paglesham
"... there she lies"
Henry Drake the younger was my great grandfather. He went on to serve in the navy on the royal yacht for Victoria, and HMS Victory....
By Keith Gooden
On 05/02/2017
A Rochford Clock
A Rochford Clock
"John Gullock"
Robert Gullock, John's eldest son, married at Canewdon in 1787, and by 1801 he was living in Gravesend.  Philip Hoare/Howe Gullock was the third son.  The others were John, a stay maker...
By Jane Lindsay
On 05/02/2017
A Rochford Clock
A Rochford Clock
"John Gullock"
John Gullock was indeed a Clockmaker in Rochford. Clocks and watches with this name do come up for sale from time to time.It would appear he had two sons: Robert Gullock who lived in Canewdon and was...
By B Meldon
On 03/02/2017
Bob Bowyer's Memories of Love Lane School, Rayleigh
Bob Bowyer's Memories of Love Lane School, Rayleigh
Hello Patricia, You can join the site if you want to add comments or articles. Joining is not compulsory if you just want to add a comment, as you have found out, but it makes the process simpler ...
By Bob Stephen
On 26/01/2017
Bob Bowyer's Memories of Love Lane School, Rayleigh
Bob Bowyer's Memories of Love Lane School, Rayleigh
Please confirm how I can join this site....
By Patricia Simpson nee prestidge
On 26/01/2017
60th Birthday this week
60th Birthday this week
4th Rochford Scout Group
Remember 4th Rochford very well, used to play bean bag hockey with chairs as goals in the hall before we formed up. This was in the 60s!! Great start for youngsters, well done keep it up........
By Richard
On 24/01/2017
My Rochford
My Rochford
A rhyming story
This is a delightful and informative article which has jogged my memory regarding a tape made by Peter Whittingham - "Rochford Past and Present". Its YouTube RDCA channel link is here: ...
By Bob Stephen
On 24/01/2017
My Rochford
My Rochford
A rhyming story
Charles, Have really enjoyed reading your piece, "My Rochford", it brought back a number of memories! I too went to Rochford primary school and remember playing in the brook. Then along from there...
By Richard
On 24/01/2017
The Whispering Court
The Whispering Court
Funny goings on at the Kings Head, Rochford
Hi Bob, Rae was a police sergeant at Rochford nick back in the 1980's - I don't know exactly when he retired as I never knew him personally, but I know that he is retired and living in...
By Len Bickford
On 23/01/2017
The Whispering Court
The Whispering Court
Funny goings on at the Kings Head, Rochford
Hi Len, Have you any idea who Rae Hill is/was? He is the author of “The Whispering Court” but there is nothing further in the magazine about him. I’ll be publishing the...
By Bob Stephen
On 23/01/2017
Ve Day 1945
Ve Day 1945
Rochford celebrations
Hi Bob, next left is Charlie. My brothers can be found as this: the lad in a dark jacket in 2nd row in the middle is brother John, to his left is Reg (I think,lol) next left is Charlie - to the...
By Len Bickford
On 19/01/2017
Rayleigh Firemen Bailed out Canvey
Rayleigh Firemen Bailed out Canvey
Andrew Hart, I thought you of all people would know that the fireman standing behind your late father is Ray Sach, his long time mate and work colleague and my late father. Your Dad was Sub Officer...
By Tony Sach
On 19/01/2017
Ve Day 1945
Ve Day 1945
Rochford celebrations
Nice one Len, I've made the big picture clickable so you should be able to see things pretty clearly. If anyone wants a bit enlarged I'll do so along the lines of the three lads miniature...
By Bob Stephen
On 18/01/2017
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
I started work there 1970 before my 21st birthday, met my wife there, and it was like a family we all worked together, good times....
By Taz
On 15/01/2017
The honest Peculiar People
The honest Peculiar People
An unusual Christian sect
Good afternoon. I find this article a very interesting read. In an old photograph album of my grans there was a picture of a lady and a young girl standing either side of the grave stone of a...
By Jessica Blagbrough
On 08/01/2017
Topsfield Family Matters
Topsfield Family Matters
Some photos and memorabilia
I am descended from Topsfields who lived in Paglesham around 1800s and later in Burnham-on-Crouch. Has anyone managed to link this branch to the Rochford branch earlier on. I have a photo of Eliza...
By Pat Leon
On 08/01/2017
Hullbridge Postcards (6)
Hullbridge Postcards (6)
The Davis Caravan Camp
I lived on the Davis caravan camp from 1948 until late 1950. And was just doing some family research when I found your web site. I was truly amazed, the top post card, the Lady with the donkey is my...
By Mrs C M Lingham
On 02/01/2017
Greensward Lane, Hockley
Greensward Lane, Hockley
Pulpits Farm Cottages
My third Great Aunt Sarah Camper lived here with her husband Thomas Shead Wilts in the late 1800's....
By Hazel
On 28/12/2016
James Harriot
James Harriot
Founder of the Thames River Police
Require more information re James Harriot's life e.g. are there any books, autobiography?...
By Peter Frier
On 20/12/2016
Memories of Stambridge
Memories of Stambridge
My family took this house over in 17/18 hundreds. This was a hall William Cromwell's wife lived in....
By John Harridge
On 20/12/2016
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
I started work at Lesney week ending 17/11/78 and left 14/9/79. My Clock No was KA142. Started in Packing, then went on various machinery making toy parts. Last Dept was King Size....
By Lynne Taylor
On 14/12/2016
The honest Peculiar People
The honest Peculiar People
An unusual Christian sect
Interesting Robert. If you would like to get in touch drop me a brief email to the site address (see Contact Us at the left side of the Home Page). Give telephone number etc. Regards Bob Stephen,...
By Bob Stephen
On 05/11/2016
The honest Peculiar People
The honest Peculiar People
An unusual Christian sect
Fascinating would like to share our family history with writer as my grandfather's brother was Bishop of the Peculiar People, when he died he had a mile long procession through Southend-on-Sea....
By Robert Harrod
On 05/11/2016
Roughton's Garage, Rochford
Roughton's Garage, Rochford
Cars and bikes in South Street
There are some comments about Roughton's Garage in the Comments Section of this page: http://www.rochforddistricthistory.org.uk/page/south_street_rochford...
By Bob Stephen
On 31/10/2016
South Street, Rochford
South Street, Rochford
There is a long article on the RDCA site about Roughton's Garage here:http://www.rochforddistricthistory.org.uk/page/roughtons_garage_in_south_street...
By Bob Stephen
On 31/10/2016
South Street, Rochford
South Street, Rochford
Roughtons was my Saturday job back in 1964-5. Mr & Mrs Roughton ran the shop selling spares and me and Ted were out back doing the repairs and when there were no bikes to mend there were...
By Terry Ive
On 31/10/2016
Retirement of Nurse Millard 1971
Retirement of Nurse Millard 1971
Nurse Millard delivered me on September 10th 1956, my mother and father are still alive and they could tell you about the event better than myself. I believe nurse Millard and my father had a quick...
By Christine Wilson
On 23/10/2016
Rayleigh WW1 survivors
Rayleigh WW1 survivors
A gathering of 113 men who came back
I would just like to thank both Viv Irvine and Bob Stephen for the answer to my query about the WW1 survivors picture. The date provided fits in with the research I have done....
By Linda Bolt
On 16/09/2016
Rayleigh WW1 survivors
Rayleigh WW1 survivors
A gathering of 113 men who came back
Viv Irvine says ... "It was taken on 19th July 1919, Peace Day. Not sure where it was taken though."...
By Bob Stephen
On 16/09/2016
Rayleigh WW1 survivors
Rayleigh WW1 survivors
A gathering of 113 men who came back
I am very interested in the photograph you have on your site of the "Rayleigh WW1 survivors, a gathering of 113 men who came back" and wondered if anyone could give me a date (mainly month and...
By Linda Bolt
On 16/09/2016
Stambridge Trout Fisheries
Stambridge Trout Fisheries
Yes I remember the sweet shop as I lived next door to Molly's, and remember having great fun with you and your brother Martin around the area....
By David Wright
On 07/09/2016
Parachute bombs fell all over Wakering
Parachute bombs fell all over Wakering
An British wartime experiment that went badly wrong
My uncle Bryan Mott was one of the two children killed by a UXB. My mother Barbara Mott, his sister, died when I was 16. The article about him was a great find for me....
By Clare Longo
On 03/09/2016
Rochford Racecourse
Rochford Racecourse
Horses, dogs, airplanes ?
I think the racecourse at Doggetts sat behind Sapwoods and the entrance is where the the bricked up gun emplacement is next door to Sapwoods on the Ashingdon road....
By Mark Wilson
On 31/08/2016
The
The "Bobbing " Ponds
From torture to tranquility
The ponds at Rochford were excavated by a drag line. They were worked on and as they got deeper they would build sand banks to minimise the water flooding the area. They were dragging in hot summers...
By Mark Wilson
On 31/08/2016
A Veteran from 1906 at Little Wakering
A Veteran from 1906 at Little Wakering
Does anyone remember?
HI YOU MENTIONED THE ARMSTRONG AT BEAMISH. THAT WAS MY FATHER IN LAWS HE LOVED IT BUT WAS UNABLE TO DRIVE ANYMORE SO HE SOLD IT TO BEAMISH MUSIUM BUT SADLY MY FATHER IN LAW PASSED AWAY 3 WEEKS AGO....
By SUE SMTH
On 31/08/2016
Canewdon View Road, Ashingdon (2)
Canewdon View Road, Ashingdon (2)
Sunnyside, Derek Hurrell's home
Interesting article which I stumbled on. My uncle, Eric Wyeth owned the newsagents/sweet shop where they also lived next to Newton Hall. So nice to see someone remembers. His youngest daughter, Erica...
By Tricia Wyeth Bing
On 15/08/2016
The District
The District
Hi, We are interested in the history of the Creeksea Ferry Inn/Hotel.  My cousin lived in the cottages just after the war and my grandfather and father ran the Creeksea Ferry Hotel just before...
By Val Torreggiani
On 10/08/2016
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
I was a chargehand at the Rochford factory and also played for the very succesfull football team. I worked there for ten years approx. and loved every minute....
By Brian Cook
On 28/07/2016