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Ploughing Match
Ploughing Match
Ploughing with Horses
Canewdon early 1900s
Canewdon early 1900s
Pictures and History
Evening Echo Archive 03
Evening Echo Archive 03
Bygone snippets and high quality photos from the paper
Tudor Queen Productions
Tudor Queen Productions
An active amateur dramatic group
Evening Echo Archive 02
Evening Echo Archive 02
Bygone snippets and high quality photos from the paper
Rebels Lane
Rebels Lane
"Taking the biscuit"
My memories
My memories
... pre Purdys estate
Evening Echo Archive 01
Evening Echo Archive 01
Bygone snippets and high quality photos from the paper
Southend Airport
Southend Airport
The Golden Viscount arrives
School Attendance Certificates
School Attendance Certificates
Stambridge Primary 1924 and 1925
Canewdon Fayre
Canewdon Fayre
First one, in 1984
Roger Burroughs
Roger Burroughs
Foulness Farmer
Millenium Sculpture
Millenium Sculpture
What and where
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
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
A Life of Photographs
A Life of Photographs
The work of Samuel Saxby-Hill 1874-1961
Oldest Lady
Oldest Lady
Oldest Woman Member
Rochford Market
Rochford Market
A brief history
Historians from Paglesham
Historians from Paglesham
Images from February 1994
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
The latest comments from this site

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Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Brian Smerdon, Valerie's husband, is my cousin. I lived on Hainault Ave just off Rectory Road.  ...
By Antony Weston
On 15/10/2017
Southend Airport
Southend Airport
The Golden Viscount arrives
Hello Len, I remember the viscount so well. LoveH...
By Heather Wing
On 10/10/2017
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
I worked there from 1978 to 1988. I remember Les Miles, I knew his son Paul from school, he was a plastics dept troubleshooter. I also knew Bridie, a lovely lady, her son in law was Dick Chapman a...
By Mark Wilson
On 07/10/2017
The Foulness Heritage Centre
The Foulness Heritage Centre
Seems so Jane. If you want to make absolutely sure suggest you ring number below. For further information about visiting the Heritage Centre, telephone 01702 217836. I have taken this from the...
By Bob Stephen
On 30/09/2017
The Foulness Heritage Centre
The Foulness Heritage Centre
I know it says its open up till October  would that be that obviously mean the 1st of October as well?...
By Jane Cramer
On 30/09/2017
Sutton and Shopland
Sutton and Shopland
A brief history
I am researching my son's family history and have found that his 5th great grandfather came from Shopland. His name was John Stibbards and he married in 1790 (to Sarah Coleman in Prittlewell). He...
By Karen Stead
On 30/09/2017
Tudor Queen Productions
Tudor Queen Productions
An active amateur dramatic group
I remember the first production of Tudor Queen which was Shelagh Delaney's "A Taste of Honey" at Rochford Secondary School.  Quite a few nurses from Rochford Hospital were involved in the...
By Chris Blackler
On 25/09/2017
Rochford Hospital
Rochford Hospital
Over 150 years of caring for the sick and elderly
My wife and I started our medical career as house doctors in January 1967 at Rochford Hospital. We lived in a bungalow on Ashingdon Road with the back door leading into the hospital grounds which you...
By Bob Stephen
On 13/09/2017
A Life of Photographs
A Life of Photographs
The work of Samuel Saxby-Hill 1874-1961
Thank you so much for all the effort you have made to display my grand fathers photographs and the outline of his life and work in Rochford. Other members of my family have seen the article and were...
By Bob Stephen
On 13/09/2017
The Foulness Heritage Centre
The Foulness Heritage Centre
Interesting Suzanne. The Qinetiq website has no information but it does say there that a 15 year lease was granted to the FCAS in 2001 and that the Centre was opened in 2003. So 2018 will be the 15th...
By Bob Stephen
On 13/09/2017
The Foulness Heritage Centre
The Foulness Heritage Centre
Is this being stopped by the MOD next year 2018? Please advise....
By Suzanne Hayward
On 13/09/2017
Memories of Gusted Hall by Andrew Kyd
Memories of Gusted Hall by Andrew Kyd
My great nan lived in Gusted Hall with her mother in the early 1900's. Her mum was the house keeper. I know nothing of the father. One night her mum became poorly and my great nan ran to Rochford...
By Nicky Stone
On 09/09/2017
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
I was wondering if anyone remembers my mum? I'm sure she worked at Matchbox when I was a kid and I remember her bringing me home a fire engine one day. The rest of my family don't remember...
By Philip Scotton
On 05/09/2017
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
The diesel loco from the brickworks at Purdy’s farm survives. It was Ruston Hornsby 217999 of 1942. Today it is on the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway in Bedfordshire and it has the name...
By B Meldon
On 05/09/2017
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
My father was head foreman at Purdy's farm back in 1940s. its taken me some time to trace this by his paperwork. He had a chance to buy this farm, but did not have the revenue to do so at the...
By Carol Hatch
On 01/09/2017
Greensward Lane, Hockley
Greensward Lane, Hockley
Pulpits Farm Cottages
My great grandfather Walter Bright lived at 69 Greensward Lane in the early 1900s, which was next to Pulpits farm. He was born in the Dutch Cottage in Crown Hill, Rayleigh. I have a photo of the...
By Trevor Pastfield
On 29/08/2017
Canewdon early 1900s
Canewdon early 1900s
Pictures and History
You may already know all this .......From 1835 to 1838 one James Moss is named as the farm bailiff for Gays Farm in Canewdon working for John Copland of Chelmsford. (ERO document D/DDw/B12)....
By B. Meldon
On 19/08/2017
4th Rochford Cub Pack
4th Rochford Cub Pack
The boy in the bottom right hand of the photo( the one with his fingers on his cheeks) is my brother Stephen Pastfield....
By Trevor Pastfield
On 19/08/2017
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
Hi Shaun, yes I remember Les Miles. I think he had some authority in the technical/maintenance area in the plastics department at Rochford. Would often see him walking through the dept. His daughter...
By Tony Hart
On 19/08/2017
Canewdon early 1900s
Canewdon early 1900s
Pictures and History
Thank's Ruth. It would probably be easiest if you scanned the photos and emailed them to me just as you have already done. Also that way you can add any memories to them and without having to...
By Bob Stephen
On 14/08/2017
60th Birthday this week
60th Birthday this week
4th Rochford Scout Group
I believe I am on the 1957 photo on the far right of the front row wearing a cap but no uniform. I would have been five years old. I remember Norman Jackaman had twin sons and was a stamp collector....
By Stephen Pastfield
On 13/08/2017
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (1)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (1)
Part 1 of article
I worked at Lesneys for most of the 1970's. I started in summer '71, on nights in the plastics department when I was 18. I went on days in spring '73 and became friends with a guy a year...
By Anthony Hart
On 13/08/2017
Rochford Hospital
Rochford Hospital
Over 150 years of caring for the sick and elderly
My name is Corrine Sartin, I am desperate for some help.  On the 16th May this year (2017) my little brother who was 25 years old passed away in Alicante, Spain at 00.15am (Spanish time) 01...
By Corrine Sartin
On 09/08/2017
Memories of Gusted Hall by Andrew Kyd
Memories of Gusted Hall by Andrew Kyd
Hello, can anyone enlighten me on the history of a brass plaque on an old oak tree? It mentions Molly who it seems was very ill & passed away....
By Jill Moore
On 01/08/2017
The Foulness Heritage Centre
The Foulness Heritage Centre
Hello James, You can visit the Heritage Centre on first Sunday of month between April and Oct inclusive. Opening of HC is from 12 to 4 and you can arrive at the Landwick gate from 11:45. The link...
By Bob Stephen
On 18/07/2017
The Foulness Heritage Centre
The Foulness Heritage Centre
Hi, I hope you can help me. I've been meaning to visit Foulness again for years but on the occasions I visited in the past, could not get beyond the main gate.  I didn't realise there...
By James Burke
On 16/07/2017
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
My father worked at Purdy's farm in the 1950s and 60s, I believe he worked in the brickfield first, then on the farm, after the brickworks closed. I remember the narrow gauge railway that used...
By Trevor Pastfield
On 09/07/2017
60th Birthday this week
60th Birthday this week
4th Rochford Scout Group
I was a cub with 4th Rochford in the early 60s, Norman Jackaman was the scout leader then, Mrs Giddings was the cub leader. My mother, Marion Pastfield used to lead the cubs at Stambridge....
By Trevor Pastfield
On 09/07/2017
Evening Echo Archive 02
Evening Echo Archive 02
Bygone snippets and high quality photos from the paper
Mr Barltrop looks exactly as I remember him, I was at Rochford Primary from 1959 to 1964, another teacher was Miss Bultz, from South Africa....
By Trevor Pastfield
On 09/07/2017
Roughton's Garage, Rochford
Roughton's Garage, Rochford
Cars and bikes in South Street
My family always got their bike bits at Roughtons. When the siren went off Mr Roughton would come out of the garage on his bike to go down to the fire station....
By Trevor Pastfield
On 07/07/2017
Sutton and Shopland
Sutton and Shopland
A brief history
My name is John Cochrane and I live in a farm about two miles away from the farm that Alex Steel left in Scotland before coming to Shopland. The family were probably the top breeders of Ayrshire...
By John Cochrane
On 04/07/2017
Canewdon View Road, Ashingdon (2)
Canewdon View Road, Ashingdon (2)
Sunnyside, Derek Hurrell's home
I lived on Canewdon Road at Moon Cottages in 1960 with my gran Mrs Matthews and one of our neighbours were called the Unwins. Does anybody remember them?...
By Richard Francis
On 04/07/2017
My memories
My memories
... pre Purdys estate
In 1923, my mother's sister, Rosaline Chittock, died of diphtheria in the Isolation Hospital, sited on what is now, Purdeys Industrial Estate. Where was that hospital sited?  At that time,...
By Dave Wall
On 26/06/2017
The Foulness Heritage Centre
The Foulness Heritage Centre
Hi Alan, have a look down at the comments below. You will need to get to the Landwick gate to the island near Gt Wakering. Then you will need some transportation to get you from there to the Heritage...
By Bob Stephen
On 14/06/2017
Roughton's Garage, Rochford
Roughton's Garage, Rochford
Cars and bikes in South Street
Hi Jennifer, I gather from what you have written above you were Jennifer Roughton. We were in the same class at school either at Rochford Junior or Rochford Secondary Modern, maybe both. I recall...
By Patricia James
On 14/06/2017
The Foulness Heritage Centre
The Foulness Heritage Centre
I live in Rochford, how do I get there?...
By alan robinson
On 14/06/2017
Evening Echo Archive 02
Evening Echo Archive 02
Bygone snippets and high quality photos from the paper
I remember him well, he was the headmaster when I was there between 1955 until summer 1961. He lived in the house next door to the school and he used to drive a Vauxhall (Velox ?). Whoever was near...
By Len Bickford
On 13/06/2017
My memories
My memories
... pre Purdys estate
I returned to Rochford in 1971 to work with The James Abbot Partnership (formerly Offin and Rumsey) as an auctioneers clerk. My brother Stephen, worked for Rankins, on their pig farm at Stambridge....
By Trevor Pastfield
On 05/06/2017
Stambridge Trout Fisheries
Stambridge Trout Fisheries
I remember going here in the fifties with my family and friends. It was the highlight of my dad's week off. I remember you could take a boat out on the lake. On one visit to the lake my dad got...
By Pauline A Palmer
On 01/06/2017
Memories of Gusted Hall by Andrew Kyd
Memories of Gusted Hall by Andrew Kyd
Ian Forbes recently sent us this email (RDCA-Admin) Dear Bob. Many thanks for your assistance. Also to Brian Petitt for the additional details and email address. I will give it a try and...
By Bob Stephen
On 25/05/2017
Roughton's Garage, Rochford
Roughton's Garage, Rochford
Cars and bikes in South Street
Wallis was my father, I have some photos of Uncle Hugh and my grandparents.Jennifer, if you want any photos put on the site please give me a ring or drop me an email (Bob Stephen, webmaster)...
By Jennifer Barker
On 25/05/2017
Roughton's Garage, Rochford
Roughton's Garage, Rochford
Cars and bikes in South Street
Goodness!  I'm Wallis' granddaughter. What a small world, does that make us cousins of some sort?...
By Aimee Tidman
On 22/05/2017
Memories of Gusted Hall by Andrew Kyd
Memories of Gusted Hall by Andrew Kyd
Ian - I used to work with Andrew Kyd at Midland Bank and contacted him for the article.  Peter Kyd was his father and Andrew sent me a photo which I will forward via Bob our webmaster. ...
By Brian Pettitt
On 19/05/2017
Memories of Gusted Hall by Andrew Kyd
Memories of Gusted Hall by Andrew Kyd
Can anyone tell me if Andrew Kyd's father was Peter Kyd who lived at Gusted Hall in 1946 and worked for A M and H Rankin Ltd. Is there any way we could contact one another?...
By Ian Forbes
On 13/05/2017
Southend Airport
Southend Airport
The Golden Viscount arrives
I remember it well as it had a very distinctive sound to its engines. Our house was in line with one of the runways - not immediately by it, but not too far. Anyway, when it started to taxi round...
By Len Bickford
On 10/05/2017
School Attendance Certificates
School Attendance Certificates
Stambridge Primary 1924 and 1925
Children today bring home certificates produced on a school computer, so it is particularly impressive to see the work and detail in these which were awarded to Nick's dad in the 1920s by a...
By Sue Horncastle
On 08/05/2017
Canewdon Fayre
Canewdon Fayre
First one, in 1984
I do remember this event, it was a lot of work but you forget all that when you see so many people enjoying themselves. Unfortunately, I don't know if the Fayres continued as we moved to South...
By Sue Horncastle
On 08/05/2017
Holt Farm Junior School Rochford
Holt Farm Junior School Rochford
Thanks for your comment Hilary. If you want to add a comment to any article then just continue as you did for your recent one. If you want to add an article or make it easier for you to add comments...
By Bob Stephen
On 27/04/2017
Holt Farm Junior School Rochford
Holt Farm Junior School Rochford
Please can you add me....
By Hilary Charles
On 27/04/2017
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
Hi, my grandad worked at Hackney and Rochford his name was Les Miles does any one remember him?...
By Shaun Miles
On 22/04/2017