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My Rochford
My Rochford
A rhyming story
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
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
The latest comments from this site

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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 right of John is Bill (or maybe Reg, lol ) Hope th...
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 Hart and my Dad was Leading Fireman Sach....
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 and put it on the site. By the way where...
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 William Thorrington. I have often wondered who he mi...
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 Ann Topsfield, born in Burnham in 1858 of William Charl...
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 Mother! So that would have been the summer of either ...
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, site webmaster....
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. I'm trying to trace my family history. I do have a...
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_str...
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 always punctured inner tubes, as we kept a stock...
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 tipple after I was born!...
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 year) when this photograph was taken or point me ...
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 and when the local farm (doggetts) were taking water ...
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. MY MOTHER IN LAW HAS A PICTURE OF THEM IN IT. IT WAS A...
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 died in 2012 still living almost next door to the sh...
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 the second world war.  I would be very interested...
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
A lost Fambridge
A lost Fambridge
Fambridge Hall circa 1890
Hello RDCA, What a wonderful feed back. Very informative and fills in yet another gap(s) in my endeavour to find out about Hugh. One of Hugh's descendants (James) died recently on their property which was purchased in the early 1900s when t...
By Bob Stephen
On 27/07/2016
The
The "Bobbing " Ponds
From torture to tranquility
The ponds shown in the photos were made by sand and gravel excavations. When I was a boy, we used to play over there and use old wooden doors with the panels knocked out and empty oil drums put in their place and use them as rafts. It was still a worki...
By Len Bickford
On 27/07/2016
Rochford Primary School
Rochford Primary School
Swimming Lessons
Hi Heather, Thanks for your input. I'm afraid that I don't remember the names though, sorry about that but too many years have passed me by ...lol not to say that they weren't there though. If you want to add any other memories then please ...
By Len Bickford
On 27/07/2016
James Banyard
James Banyard
A Very Peculiar Preacher
I know Barling quite well as my Mum was born at The Shoulderstick, once a shop cum brewery, now a private house so I took her back many times to the area whilst she was able to enjoy it. The Peculiar people had a 'thin' church which stood ...
By Bob Stephen
On 19/07/2016
A lost Fambridge
A lost Fambridge
Fambridge Hall circa 1890
Hello Archie, One of our contributors has posted a page on the site with some more information and a couple of photos ... http://www.rochforddistricthistory.org.u...
By Bob Stephen
On 19/07/2016
Ron Ewers
Ron Ewers
A few photographs
Brought back so many memories of my childhood. I was born in Rochford in 1944. Thank you....
By Doreen Edwards
On 30/06/2016
GWENDOBO
GWENDOBO
A house on the Hullbridge plotlands
I may be able to shed a little light on the question of "Smith's Farm". The following information was obtained from the memories of the late Harry R. Wright who was a life long resident of Hullbridge. During the 1920's/30's Montague...
By David Whiffin
On 22/06/2016
Rochford Primary School
Rochford Primary School
Swimming Lessons
Hi Len, We must have been in the same class. I do remember the swimming lessons, they were not weekly though. Do you remember Malcom Hawes, Anna Weston, Mavis Jones? Would love to hear more....
By Heather Wing (neé Lutterloch )
On 20/06/2016
Topsfield Family Matters
Topsfield Family Matters
Some photos and memorabilia
Hi. I am directly descended from Matilda Winser Topsfield born 1855. She married William Playle. I have some photos of her too. I have never seen these photos before. Please get in touch if you would like. Claire...
By Claire Pounds
On 07/06/2016
Memories of Hullbridge (1)
Memories of Hullbridge (1)
The owner's name of the Mayfield was Swinscoe....
By kevin reeman
On 24/05/2016
Newsflashes
Newsflashes
Canewdon Church Tower will be open for tower tours and church bell ringing demonstrations on Sunday 12th June from 12-5pm as part of the Canewdon Open Gardens event.This is the only day this year that th...
By B Meldon
On 24/05/2016
The Foulness Heritage Centre
The Foulness Heritage Centre
Oh dear!  Centre may well have been open yesterday but the gate at Wakering/Landwick obviously was not. This is manned by QinetiQ, a MOD contractor. "Centre opens every first Sunday of the month from April to October between midday and...
By Bob Stephen
On 02/05/2016
The Foulness Heritage Centre
The Foulness Heritage Centre
Tried to visit today, but no one on the main gate!...
By Mike
On 02/05/2016
The Foulness Heritage Centre
The Foulness Heritage Centre
Thanks Beverley ... I've just come back from a short holiday so have only been able to post your request this morning. As far as I know the Centre is open today!...
By Bob Stephen
On 01/05/2016
The Foulness Heritage Centre
The Foulness Heritage Centre
Hi, Is the centre open for visitors on 1st May? I wasn't sure if the bank holiday affected the opening times? Many thanks,...
By Beverley
On 01/05/2016
Historians from Paglesham
Historians from Paglesham
Images from February 1994
In answer to the original question Mark and Rosemary moved to St. Osyth, Essex....
By B Meldon
On 12/04/2016
Historians from Paglesham
Historians from Paglesham
Images from February 1994
In the late 1960’s early 1970’s Rosemary ran a pre-school play group at their home Redcroft. From what I was told this was primarily set up so that her own children had others to play with. Several children, myself include...
By B Meldon
On 12/04/2016
Hawkwell Memories
Hawkwell Memories
Hi Mavis, My grandfather lived in Lacelles Gardens sometime between 1930's-1950's as far as I know. My grandfathers name was Maurice Cooper. He lived there with his mother Florence Minnie Cooper and his blind grandparents. Florence married...
By Michelle Campbell
On 06/04/2016
Canewdon View Road, Ashingdon (2)
Canewdon View Road, Ashingdon (2)
Sunnyside, Derek Hurrell's home
Hi Nathan, I was wondering if you knew my grand father who lived near by. His name is Maurice Cooper. He lived there with his mother Florence Minnie Cooper and his blind grandparents. I think his mother was a salvation army recruit....
By Michelle Campbell
On 06/04/2016
Canewdon View Road, Ashingdon (1)
Canewdon View Road, Ashingdon (1)
Houses my family lived in
Hi Patricia. My grandfather was born the same year as you and also lived in Ashington. His name was Maurice Cooper and he lived with his mother Florence Minnie Cooper and his blind grandparent. They lived in Elmslea Lacelles Gardens. Did you kn...
By Michelle Campbell
On 06/04/2016
Rochford - A rural primary school
Rochford - A rural primary school
Hi, My grand father lived in Rochford with his mother Florence Minnie Cooper and his blind grand parents. Does anybody know or remember him having been at this school in the 40's? My email is chellec80@gmail.com (RDCA-Admin ... please respond d...
By Michelle Campbell
On 06/04/2016
HMS Beagle at Paglesham
HMS Beagle at Paglesham
"... there she lies"
This story started with a phone call asking me what I knew of HMS Beagle in Paglesham. 'She is in the 1851 & 1861 censuses - end of my knowledge.  Why do you want to know?'  'I am putting a lander on Mars, and calling it Beagl...
By Mark Roberts
On 31/03/2016