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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 ?
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
The latest comments from this site

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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
A lost Fambridge
A lost Fambridge
Fambridge Hall circa 1890
You probably already know about the family links to the Mission Hall in Hulbridge: http://www.rochforddistricthistory.org.uk/page_id__76.aspx and that James Crawfo...
By B Meldon
On 03/09/2014
A Feast of Nostalgia
A Feast of Nostalgia
Was it Hockley Steam Fair, c.1973?
Pictures 1, 2, 5 and maybe 3, would they be local? I am pretty sure I had a Cotton brochure. Once I find that again it may help in identifying engines. Thanks for your interest....
By Robert Hallmann
On 03/09/2014
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 am not sure I will be able to help much but…… Is this the crater perhaps? https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@51.6096158,0.7135584,181m/...
By B Meldon
On 22/08/2014
A Feast of Nostalgia
A Feast of Nostalgia
Was it Hockley Steam Fair, c.1973?
Thank you, John, Phil and Terry, I have been to Cotton, so that makes sense, but it is difficult to tell pictures apart from Rochford, except that there seems to be rougher grass in some of the images. I still think some were taken in Rochford. Ho...
By Robert Hallmann
On 22/08/2014
A Feast of Nostalgia
A Feast of Nostalgia
Was it Hockley Steam Fair, c.1973?
Hi John, somehow your comment immediately below about Phil's identification got into the site spam folder - I published it after I stumbled across it today while tidying up. (Bob Stephen, RDCA-Admin)...
By Bob Stephen
On 21/08/2014
A Feast of Nostalgia
A Feast of Nostalgia
Was it Hockley Steam Fair, c.1973?
This church has been successfully identified by Phil Draper of www.churchcrawler.co.uk, as Cotton Church in Suffolk. ...
By John Whitworth
On 21/08/2014
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
Rawreth, Canewdon and Foulness each hit five times
Hello Sid, Sorry cannot help with your two questions, all I know is the site where it landed. Regards, Richard...
By Richard
On 20/08/2014
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
Rawreth, Canewdon and Foulness each hit five times
Hello Richard, Very interesting. Have you any idea of the date this V2 landed and whether there were any casualties? Thanks, Sid...
By Sid Barker
On 19/08/2014
Rochford - A rural primary school
Rochford - A rural primary school
Yes, I well remember ROCHFORD PRIMARY school, I was there from 1949 to 1953. A very happy time with good memories making friends with many young people. The headmaster, Mr Baltrop ruled with a rod of iron and everyone gave him the respect he deserved. ...
By Richard
On 15/08/2014
Smugglers' Den Pub, Hullbridge
Smugglers' Den Pub, Hullbridge
I have lived out of England for more than 30 years, while I had to go back for my mum every three months for the last 4 years the Smugs was my life line, you are all the best to me and I love you all.........................
By Susan
On 15/08/2014
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 remember (and still would be able to find) the site of a V2 just south west of Hyde Wood farm in Hyde Wood lane, Canewdon. My father pointed the place out to me but never actually went near the crater, I think he thought it might go off again...
By Richard Hall
On 15/08/2014
George and Dragon, Churchend
George and Dragon, Churchend
Jackie you can contact me on this email: fred-relda@blueyonder.co.uk...
By fred farenden
On 15/08/2014
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
Rawreth, Canewdon and Foulness each hit five times
This website may be of help as it lists all the known V2 launches and impact sites: http://www.v2rocket.com/start/deployment/timeline.html However none are listed for ...
By B Meldon
On 12/08/2014
George and Dragon, Churchend
George and Dragon, Churchend
Hi Fred, Please get in touch. Regards, Jackie...
By Jackie Hannah (nee Farenden)
On 12/08/2014
Anti-Aircraft light/mirrored facility at the top of Hambro Hill
Anti-Aircraft light/mirrored facility at the top of Hambro Hill
Do you know anything about it?
Sorry to re-open this again but I had a chat the other day with the land owner who happens to be a friend of mine and he confirmed that he removed the foundations of what he called ‘the searchlight’ from the corner of his field at Hambro Hi...
By B Meldon
On 08/08/2014
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Some history and memories
The ‘Thundersley Brickworks near Rayleigh’ was probably the one located on Burches Road. See this 1938/39 O/S map: http://www.old-maps.co.uk/maptiles/m10120...
By B Meldon
On 04/08/2014
The Palmers of Rochford
The Palmers of Rochford
Hi Ian, I have just started looking up my Dad's family and discovered this post. My Dad is Douglas Palmer Pipe's son and he just told me last night that he thinks my Grandad Douglas had a sister called Joan, therefore from reading this ...
By Nicky Pike
On 03/08/2014
Rochford Union Workhouse
Rochford Union Workhouse
Hello Susan, I'm sorry but I only have the names of people who were at the Rochford Union Workhouse at the time of the 1881 Census. Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, has further papers and records under the following refe...
By Sue Horncastle
On 01/08/2014
Memories of Love Lane School
Memories of Love Lane School
We were actually bussed to Benfleet Station. I think there were children from other schools down the line already on the train. When we got to Hampton Court and disembarked from the boat I remember our Headmaster Mr Boddington having a shouting match w...
By Sid Barker
On 01/08/2014
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Some history and memories
Just to add that while in the ownership of Theophilus Sneeds Eli Plowman the actual trading company changed names several times. On more than one occasion the existing company was voluntarily wound up and the assets, i.e. the brickworks and land were s...
By B Meldon
On 01/08/2014
Visiting the site of Sweyn's Castle
Visiting the site of Sweyn's Castle
Rayleigh
I well remember the cans of lemonade, and I think also orangeade powder. They were tipped down a slope behind the old granary buildings of Browns Mill (later to become Rayleigh Sports and Social Club). I always had the impression they had been stored t...
By Sid Barker
On 01/08/2014
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Some history and memories
Many thanks to Mr Meldon for his further interesting research, which sheds a lot more light on the rather chequered history of the brickworks. William Clover lived and worked at the Boreham Brickworks for many years, and died on 4th Februa...
By Sid Barker
On 01/08/2014
Rochford Union Workhouse
Rochford Union Workhouse
Hi Sue, just wondering if you have names for people who were in the Workhouse. Particularly interested in the period 1924 to 1928. I believe my Dad was there as a child - from 2 to 5 years of age and I want to confirm this if I can....
By Susan Schrader
On 31/07/2014
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Some history and memories
After some more research here is some more info on the Brickworks at Hambro Hill: The brickworks was in existence by 1899. Ornamental as well as best quality red facing bricks were produced. The original owner was one William C...
By B Meldon
On 31/07/2014
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Some history and memories
I think I can narrow the start date down and go back a bit further than 1907. The Raleigh Brick and Tile Company Limited are in the 10th Annual Board of Trade Report of 1901 that was published in October 1902. There is no brickworks shown o...
By B Meldoon
On 30/07/2014
Memories of Love Lane School
Memories of Love Lane School
At some stage we went on a school trip to Hampton Court, and after being bussed to Leigh Station, we boarded a specially chartered train to Fenchurch Street, and there we boarded a specially chartered river bus, which took us all the way to Hampton Cou...
By Bernard de Neumann
On 30/07/2014
Love Lane School Staff 1948-9
Love Lane School Staff 1948-9
I was in the same class as Sid Barker.  Others I remember were Dave Ringer, Ian Perkins, Dave Hoskins, Sheila Crouch, Roy ?, John ? Gale, ? Longthorne, .... As I remember it the small amphitheatre was built for a Coronation pageant for summer 1953...
By Bernard de Neumann
On 30/07/2014
Visiting the site of Sweyn's Castle
Visiting the site of Sweyn's Castle
Rayleigh
Sometime about 1953/4 someone stole a lorry load of wartime canned lemonade powder, presumably from a regional government storage facility.  When the thieves discovered what they had stolen, and that it was no longer considered fit for human consu...
By Bernard De Neumann
On 29/07/2014