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Rocheway School - II
Rocheway School - II
More memories
Rochford Hospital
Rochford Hospital
Xmas on Leigh Ward in 1970's
East St.
East St.
Fred Matthews shop
Skint Cottage
Skint Cottage
Who lived there?
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 latest comments from this site

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Southend Airport
Southend Airport
The Golden Viscount arrives
My granddad was employed in painting / repair / general maintenance at what was known as Rochford Aerodrome in WW2. He developed lung problems from inhaling too much dust from concrete mixing while...
By Vince
On 31/01/2018
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
Hi All.. I used to work at Lesneys in Carpenters Road Stratford from 73 till 76 (when it closed down) Then I did a year at lee Con until I left to go to Australia. Met my ex husband there who also...
By Barbara Russell-White (Nee Evett)
On 31/01/2018
Register on the site
Register on the site
I am interested in making contact with relatives of my grandfather, Herbert Sydney Reardon, who was born in 1904 in Rochford to James Reardon and Maria Caroline Southgate.  I know my...
By Peter John Lucas
On 31/01/2018
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
Just before Christmas 2017 I found a small painted rock left on our doorstep in Ashingdon, painted with the name "Garnet Stanley Montague Baldry". I discovered that the 1st Hawkwell Girls Brigade had...
By Winnie M
On 21/01/2018
Evening Echo Archive 02
Evening Echo Archive 02
Bygone snippets and high quality photos from the paper
I remember Mr Barltrop. I am amused to recall you would smell his pipe before way before he would actually appear. (Imagine that nowadays :o) I can remember Mr McDowell, Mr Daily, Mrs Brazier, Mrs...
By Nigel Clark
On 18/01/2018
School Attendance Certificates
School Attendance Certificates
Stambridge Primary 1924 and 1925
Reply to Sue Horncastle: Yes these are really beautiful and treasured. At close to a hundred years old now and in almost pristine condition. I was pleased to be able to give colour copies to...
By Nick Clark
On 18/01/2018
Shopland Church Site
Shopland Church Site
A hidden and forgotten churchyard
It would be interesting to know a bit more about the wartime action which damaged the church. I know that the bell went to Vange church and has recently been restored....
By Chris Taylor
On 18/01/2018
Islands for sale by auction
Islands for sale by auction
Potton and Rushley go under the hammer
My name is Bruce Bradley, my dad's name was Ronald. As young kids we both worked on Potton. Dad as he got older, was employed to till the land on the island with a horse plough. I think the horse...
By Bruce Bradley
On 07/01/2018
Southend Airport
Southend Airport
The Golden Viscount arrives
As a teenager I worked for the airline as a baggage handler, loading this very plane....
By Bruce Bradley
On 07/01/2018
Ve Day 1945
Ve Day 1945
Rochford celebrations
The boy to the left is Terry Tasker, my uncle....
By Judy
On 07/01/2018
Stambridge Trout Fisheries
Stambridge Trout Fisheries
Trying to contact Trevor Anderson who commented on this page about Stambridge Trout Farm and his uncle, John Powling. My email is kevin@carptalk-online.co.uk...
By Kevin Clifford
On 07/01/2018
Rocheway School - II
Rocheway School - II
More memories
Hi very interesting article, I also attended this school and remember Mr Symes very well, a pretty scary guy!  Another teacher I recall is Bob Light a Welshman who taught PE. Not unsurprisingly...
By Neil Caine
On 23/12/2017
My memories
My memories
... pre Purdys estate
John Cater (known as Jonny) was my dad's boss at the farm, they kept all types of fowl and rabbits, most of what they grew there were market garden crops. John used to be a keen naturalist and...
By Trevor Pastfield
On 23/12/2017
Roughton's Garage, Rochford
Roughton's Garage, Rochford
Cars and bikes in South Street
Hi Patricia, sorry to have taken so long to reply. I do remember you from Rochford junior school, there are a few others, Pat Wellington, Jean Fitch, Richard Vaughan, Daphne McClaren, Peter Cottis,...
By Jennifer Roughton
On 14/12/2017
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
My uncle and aunt (the Caters) lived at Purdeys farm I was born in 1942 and spent a lot of my childhood there. Used to play in the deserted brickworks....
By Jennifer Roughton
On 14/12/2017
Memories of Rochford
Memories of Rochford
A tandem tale
I am the youngest daughter of Waller Roughton, sorry you didn't get your cycle parts back but my father did rather lose track of things after the death af my mother. I now live in S.W France...
By Jennifer Roughton
On 14/12/2017
My memories
My memories
... pre Purdys estate
My Aunt and Uncle, John & Phyliss Cater lived in Purdeys farmhouse. I remember being shown an entrance to a tunnel which was accessible by a trapdoor under the floorboards and was believed...
By Jennifer Roughton
On 14/12/2017
A lost Fambridge
A lost Fambridge
Fambridge Hall circa 1890
The following is taken from an interview with a Mr S A Wakefield recorded in the Ashingdon School 125 year book: "One final recollection was of an accident which had fatal results. I was returning...
By Malcolm Jones
On 14/12/2017
Rochford Hospital
Rochford Hospital
Over 150 years of caring for the sick and elderly
Hello Rebekha. We do not keep any such records but possibly one of our readers has the information. If so, and they see this post, they should add to this thread or drop me an email. Regards Bob...
By Bob Stephen
On 08/11/2017
Rochford Hospital
Rochford Hospital
Over 150 years of caring for the sick and elderly
Good morning, I wonder if you can please assist.  My mother and I are trying to piece together her family history as her parents both died when she was very young. Do you have any...
By Rebekha Farmer
On 08/11/2017
St Mary the Virgin church
St Mary the Virgin church
My whole family are associated with this church - the Jays and the Abrams. My grandparents May and Arthur worshipped there, my Mum (Barbara Jay) sang in the choir and was married there to my Dad...
By Lynn Abrams
On 23/10/2017
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
Hi, can anyone can remember Alan Abrams? He used to work in the powder store. It would be nice to see him again.  I was a bus driver there from '73 to '84. Any one who remembers me...
By F Williams
On 19/10/2017
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