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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
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
The latest comments from this site

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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 (neé 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
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
A history of one of the first radar stations
I was stationed at Canewdon as a radar op. in 1944....
By Kathleen McLeod. née Poole
On 27/08/2015
Memories of Hullbridge (1)
Memories of Hullbridge (1)
During one harsh winter in Hullbridge the snow drifted and in the local paper it said how Beattie struggled often up to her waist in snow. They did not mention that Beattie was a dwarf! Good memories of Hullbridge....
By Gill White
On 17/08/2015
Memories of Hullbridge (2)
Memories of Hullbridge (2)
I can remember my father moving into a new bungalow in March 1957 (near Coventry corner) and being flooded during the first week there. My friend Susan Harrison and I watched the water pour down the hill on ferry road like a waterfall....
By Gill White
On 17/08/2015
The Palmers of Rochford
The Palmers of Rochford
Hello again - I posted here last year - apologies for a very slow response. I would love to see the photos Marion Morgan has - I have a family bible and photo album of the Bishops with a number of photos, but which are unmarked as to who they all are -...
By Julia Salmon
On 09/08/2015
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 mum says she was injured by glass from windows being blown in at a house called "Dunoon" near "Rochford  Corner" after a V2. She says it went down at the same site as an earlier V1 impact which hit a bungalow "at the back of Denham/Blenheim orc...
By Paul Glennon
On 07/08/2015
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
Rawreth, Canewdon and Foulness each hit five times
There are two known V2 impact sites in Hockley: September 17th  1944, (13.02 hours) - Battery. 485, (location unknown), V-2 rocket fired, impacted Hockley, Essex. Fell on open ground among brambles. 3 Persons seriously injured. ...
By B. Meldon
On 31/07/2015
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
Rawreth, Canewdon and Foulness each hit five times
There is a huge crater off the footpath in Marylands Woods just the other side of the Railway in Hockley. I believe this is a site of a V2 rocket attack....
By Neil Foster
On 29/07/2015
Topsfield Family Matters
Topsfield Family Matters
Some photos and memorabilia
As many of you know I have been researching the history of Rankin's Cricket Club and Arthur Topsfield figures from 1923 until 1936.  This was a turbulent time for the club but Arthur appears to have stuck with them.  I looked him up ...
By Brian Pettitt
On 23/06/2015
Rochford Hospital
Rochford Hospital
Over 150 years of caring for the sick and elderly
Hi Len, We don't have an original of the Chalkwell ward photo - just the image from the book. However, I've been able to scan the image again so that it looks better and have also enlarged the nurse and patient. If the nurse is your mum...
By Bob Stephen
On 22/06/2015
Rochford Hospital
Rochford Hospital
Over 150 years of caring for the sick and elderly
Hi Len - Bob (our webmaster) will see what he can do about the photo.  You will see that it comes from the book by Jefferies and Lee which is credited at the end of the article....
By Sue Horncastle
On 22/06/2015
Rochford Hospital
Rochford Hospital
Over 150 years of caring for the sick and elderly
I have read your article and see there is a photo of Chalkwell ward with a nurse in the background.  Well, my mother was a nurse on Chalkwell ward back in that era and, to be honest, I think it is her in the picture.  Is there an original tha...
By Len Bickford
On 22/06/2015
Rochford Hospital
Rochford Hospital
Over 150 years of caring for the sick and elderly
Both my grandmother and mother passed away in Rochford  Hospital. My grandmother spent her last months on a geriatic ward and was 96 when she died. Both my oldest children (twins) were born there in 1966. When they were due I remember taki...
By Sid Barker
On 22/06/2015
A Stambridge Childhood
A Stambridge Childhood
The start of a long and active life
Brede House (or Bread House) was the property of the Canewdon Charity and the rental income was intended to provide bread for the poor. Hence the name! The Bread House land was purchased for the Canewdon charities, by the trustees and churchwarde...
By B Meldon
On 21/06/2015
Hullbridge Memories
Hullbridge Memories
We moved into a new house at Hullbridge in 1965.  Only our oldest daughter went to school at first.  It was a lovely place to live and as they got older the children had plenty of friends and places to play.  I remember the Parent Teache...
By Sue Horncastle
On 14/06/2015
Newsflashes
Newsflashes
Canewdon Church tower tours will be run this coming Saturday afternoon 13th June from 12-5pm run by regular contributor to this web page Brian Meldon. This is the only day this year that Canewdon Church tower will be open to the public....
By B Meldon
On 09/06/2015
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
I remember Mr & Mrs Abrahams very well as one of their sons courted my sister Pat. They had one daughter who I recall was nicknamed 'Babe'. ...
By Valerie Smerdon
On 20/05/2015
Audio Archives
Audio Archives
Source material of audio clips on the site plus other audio not yet used to illustrate articles
In reference to Ann Stacey’s recording. Here is a link to the 1947 sale catalogue for the Scott’s Hall estate in Canewdon: http://seax.es...
By B Meldon
On 19/05/2015
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hello. I was brought up on Rectory Road and used to go in the shop all the time. Have you any old photos of the shop? My Mum and Dad were Brian Pitman and Pat Pitman. I'd love a pic of shop and coal yard....
By Caroline Pitman
On 16/05/2015
Shopland Church
Shopland Church
St Mary Magdalene
Strangely just after reading this article I found a brief reference in a book which said that upon demolition the porch from the church was re-erected at St Thomas Church, Bradwell on Sea, Essex in 1957....
By Sid Barker
On 13/05/2015
Hambro Hill in the early 50s
Hambro Hill in the early 50s
Childhood memories
How interesting.  Before we were married in 1964 (and began married life in Upper Lambricks), I often stayed with my then future husband and his family living at  Fairland Close.  After living, until my marriage, in NW London, ...
By Lee Thompson.
On 23/04/2015
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Some history and memories
I have read above and found all information very interesting, having lived in Upper Lambricks for fifty years - since 1964....
By Lee Thompson
On 23/04/2015
Shopland Church
Shopland Church
St Mary Magdalene
Spent a few days at the CL (Certified Location caravan site) and was interested to know about the history of the old graveyard and church which we understand was demolished in 1950s....
By Judi Yelland
On 19/04/2015
My time in Rochford
My time in Rochford
Affectionate memories
I lived in the farm cottage opposite Hawkwell church and went to Rochford secondary along with most of my friends from Hawkwell including Tommy Millington, Peter Doe, Peter Gridley and many others. Peter Doe had a disabled brother named Reg - v...
By Tony Collins
On 18/04/2015