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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
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
The latest comments from this site

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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
GWENDOBO
GWENDOBO
A house on the Hullbridge plotlands
There is a pretty comprensive article about plotlands on our sister site at Laindon. This was written by Ian Mott who sadly is no longer with us. Click the following link to go to the article: ...
By Sue Horncastle
On 29/03/2016
GWENDOBO
GWENDOBO
A house on the Hullbridge plotlands
From the comments the plotlands are a known feature of the area, though now built over. Is there a source I can access giving some general history/information about them?...
By Mike Parsons
On 29/03/2016
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
A history of one of the first radar stations
 I have a passing interest in the history of the Chain Home site at Gardners Lane, Canewdon and thought you'd be interested in a Powerpoint presentation that I've cobbled up to form a sort of 'then and now' transition. I had to spe...
By Peter Thomas
On 28/03/2016
Historians from Paglesham
Historians from Paglesham
Images from February 1994
Hi, I think I can, at least in part, answer my own question. The pictures were taken At 'Redcroft', Paglesham East End, with Mark and Rosemary Roberts....
By Robert Hallmann
On 28/03/2016
Mystery Machine
Mystery Machine
Does anyone remember this?
The machine used to sit outside the old B.P petrol station, which is now the Sainsbury's Local. Used to use it when we were kids and went fishing over at the reservoir....
By E Thacker
On 19/03/2016
Hockley Seasons
Hockley Seasons
Pictorial memories
We are really sorry that you find the type hard to read but, unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to darken it as the type comes with the program we use to produce the site....
By Sue Horncastle
On 17/03/2016
Rochford Union Workhouse
Rochford Union Workhouse
Hello Judith - yes the workhouse was still open in 1935 and it is quite possible that the stillborn twins were the babies of an unmarried mother who may have been thrown out of her home as she was pregnant and had no where to go except the workhouse....
By Sue Horncastle
On 17/03/2016
Rochford Union Workhouse
Rochford Union Workhouse
I have found a death registration for 1935 of 2 births, age 0, presumably still births of twins, registration district is Rochford. Would they have possibly been born at Rochford Hospital? Wondered if there was a mother and baby home there for unmarrie...
By Judith Broadribb
On 16/03/2016
Hockley Seasons
Hockley Seasons
Pictorial memories
Your site is very good, however the pale grey is a little hard to read for those with poor eyesight. I went for a walk with my dog today and felt I was getting lost. Wish I'd had your map to show me which way to go! It would be good for the council...
By Arti
On 16/03/2016
Southend Road
Southend Road
I too have flown from Southend return to Belfast and have nothing but praise for the service, both at the airport and on the easyJet aircraft. London Southend is the David amongst the Giants and in time will prove to be as formidable. The first passeng...
By Meena
On 16/03/2016
Greensward Lane, Hockley, 2
Greensward Lane, Hockley, 2
Pulpits Farm Cottages
I have just recently moved into Brooks Cottage and would be most grateful if people could post some more photos of the property and any more history about the cottages, also when they were actually built....
By Chris Tame
On 16/03/2016
GWENDOBO
GWENDOBO
A house on the Hullbridge plotlands
The plotland area where Mike's family had their home has completely disappeared now and been replaced with mostly large, detached homes. When I lived in Hullbridge in the late 1960s/early 1970s the pre-war homes were more or less as originally cons...
By Sue Horncastle
On 25/02/2016
Rochford Carnival
Rochford Carnival
King's Head Float
I was there too somewhere Jan lol....
By Jane
On 18/01/2016
I Remember Rectory Cottage
I Remember Rectory Cottage
I think that chap was called Ken Hedley, I still have some of the troughs and a couple of pillars from a balustrade my father Brian Harwood bought from him for the garden here. I always remember them when I go past there......
By Karen Watson
On 18/01/2016
Rochford Carnival
Rochford Carnival
King's Head Float
I was on the Kings Head float. I was Janet Bakewell then....
By Janet Thorpe
On 12/01/2016
Greensward Lane, Hockley, 2
Greensward Lane, Hockley, 2
Pulpits Farm Cottages
As I have previously mentioned before the parish boundary was (is?) located along what is now the footpath (then a track) next to the stream and Pulpits farm was actually originally in South Fambridge with a detached part of Ashingdon the other side of...
By B Meldon
On 06/01/2016
Memories of Hullbridge (1)
Memories of Hullbridge (1)
I was the first resident to move into Kendal Close in 1957. It was a real village then. I believe we were one of the first roads to be made up (the builder did it). It cost us £2,000 for a two bed roomed bungalow. I loved the village hall, it was ...
By Pauline Dewberry
On 06/01/2016
Greensward Lane, Hockley, 2
Greensward Lane, Hockley, 2
Pulpits Farm Cottages
The pipes were probably there to pipe the ditch that ran beside the adjacent footpath. In the 1980s my family firm built the doctors surgery on the site, and we had to divert them slightly to allow the building to fit on the land. When the planning app...
By Paul Taylor
On 03/01/2016
Paglesham VPA and Hockley Bell
Paglesham VPA and Hockley Bell
Anyone got more information about these ?
As ever with newspapers they do like to exagerate a bit to make a story more interesting, either that or Mr. Colgan was not told the full story of the bell. In fact the bell weighs only eighty pounds. It was cast on December 2nd 1898 by John Taylor and...
By Paul Taylor
On 01/01/2016
Essex Regiment - Thumbnails
Essex Regiment - Thumbnails
F3 Harold Edward Hawes (my dad).  Interesting to hear of the letter....
By Barry Hawes
On 27/12/2015
Rochford Union Workhouse
Rochford Union Workhouse
There are several items held at the Essex Records Office. However some that contain personal information may well be classed as ‘closed records’. So you may have to write to the ERO to view them. (If at all.) The ones that may be of u...
By B. Meldon
On 10/12/2015
Rochford Union Workhouse
Rochford Union Workhouse
Hello ... My Mother and older sister were taken into Connaught House in February1952 after being found homeless.  Is there any way I can find out about this incident - any records existing?  And by the way Sue - do you come from Sandhurst Cre...
By Wendy Garrett
On 05/12/2015
My time in Rochford
My time in Rochford
Affectionate memories
Hello Tony. The names of your friends bring back many happy memories - and I remember going to the pictures with Tommy. Reg Doe was indeed very popular and everyone in the village had time to stop and chat to him, which pleased him greatly. Wit...
By Valerie Smerdon
On 02/12/2015
Memories of Stambridge
Memories of Stambridge
The name of the outfitters was Coopers ... it was housed in Hatfield House, next to Sparrows vets and opposite the dairy (Walls). We used to get some of our school clothes from there....
By Len Bickford
On 29/11/2015
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
A history of one of the first radar stations
Just to add a side note to this. The Southend and District Radio Society used the Canewdon mast and site for amateur radio use on a few occasions in the 1960’s and early 1970’s. The society, that dates back to the 1920’s and who insta...
By B Meldon
On 24/11/2015
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
A history of one of the first radar stations
The last wooden mast was on the North site in the field next to what is now the village hall. It was used by the Marconi Company for testing and for a time was used for the government jamming of pirate radio stations. It was eventually pulled dow...
By B Meldon
On 13/11/2015
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
A history of one of the first radar stations
In 1961 my mate Graham and I climbed the last tower which was the wooden one. We climbed over a gap in the fence via a pillbox on the eastern side.  Sure was a great view from the top!! We also checked out the second site off Gardeners Lan...
By Pete Moore
On 11/11/2015
Memories of Hullbridge (2)
Memories of Hullbridge (2)
Hi Richard, I lived at Carlton 3 Crouch View Grove, the drive, from 1950 to 59 when I left to joint the army. On demob in 1965 I spent some time in Gosport Hants then emigrated to Australia, where I have been ever since. I remember Jock Wallace. Me and...
By Ernie Dixon
On 11/11/2015
Memories of Stambridge
Memories of Stambridge
Have really enjoyed reading about Rankins mill and Rochford. My grandfather worked the mill before becoming the cobbler at 6 East Street. I remember Rhubarb, and swimming around the mill stream and, of course, the rec. Dr Southwell and Dr. Emery were l...
By Richard Hall
On 11/11/2015
Memories of Hullbridge (1)
Memories of Hullbridge (1)
My Mother's name was Betty and we did live at 25 Mapledene Avenue.  ...
By Gillian Martin
On 02/11/2015
Greensward Lane, Hockley
Greensward Lane, Hockley
Pulpits Farm Cottages
I use to live in the cottages between 1960 and 1967. They were owned by my grandmother Phyllis Chapman-Smith. The doctors surgery was built next to them on the cottage garden during the 1970s. In the late 1970s they were sold off independently ...
By Terry Birkumshaw
On 02/11/2015
Rochford Hospital
Rochford Hospital
Over 150 years of caring for the sick and elderly
Hi ,  I’m trying to locate Keith Williams who was an ODA at Rochford hospital in the 1980s and was later senior ODA at Basildon hospital.  I need speak with him regarding an important matter and am sure he’d wish to hear from me. ...
By David Porter
On 29/10/2015
Retirement of Nurse Millard 1971
Retirement of Nurse Millard 1971
My wife and I moved from South London to Rayleigh in 1956. A year later our first son was born; delivered by the lovely Millie. A natural birth at home. I recall at the moment of delivery Millie ‘shooshed’ me out of the room saying, “...
By Don Brooks
On 12/10/2015
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
I was so interested in Valerie Smerdon's article re Rectory Road. I knew her family, her sister Pat was my friend whilst living there. They lived next door to my grandmother (Mrs. Baker). I lived in a flat across the road with my mother. But we spe...
By Joan Baldock (neƩ Ardin)
On 22/09/2015
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
A history of one of the first radar stations
Thanks for your comment Kathleen.  It would be great if you could let us have some of your memories, there must have been some scary times as well as a lot of laughs....
By Sue Horncastle
On 06/09/2015
Shopland Church Site
Shopland Church Site
A hidden and forgotten churchyard
Thanks for your comment, Janet.  Do you have any photos or memories that you could share with us about your childhood in the area?...
By Sue Horncastle
On 06/09/2015
Shopland Church Site
Shopland Church Site
A hidden and forgotten churchyard
My grandad lived in Ivy Cottage on Sutton Road....
By Jane Byford
On 02/09/2015
Hawkwell
Hawkwell
My family has lived in Hawkwell for over 100 yrs so very interested in Hawkwell, I went to school at Hawkwell school....
By Jane Byford
On 02/09/2015
About Hockley
About Hockley
Am trying to track down where Schofield & Martin's was in Hockley. Anyone know, please?...
By Bill
On 27/08/2015