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German Gun Mystery
German Gun Mystery
Anyone got any ideas ?
Canewdon View Road - Ashingdon
Canewdon View Road - Ashingdon
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
Canewdon View Road - Ashingdon
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
Hullbridge Postcards (1)
Hullbridge Postcards (1)
Plotland Bungalow
Hullbridge Postcards (2)
Hullbridge Postcards (2)
Hullbridge School
It's about time..
It's about time..
Beautiful clock can be seen again
Tudor Queen Productions
Tudor Queen Productions
An active amateur dramatic group
Court Report, Rochford
Court Report, Rochford
Petty Session 2 November 1882
Bull's Head Tree at Stambridge
Bull's Head Tree at Stambridge
Where is it now ?
Rayleigh Through Time
Rayleigh Through Time
The changing face of Rayleigh
James Harriot
James Harriot
Founder of the Thames River Police
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
James Banyard
James Banyard
A Very Peculiar Preacher
Phillip Benton
Phillip Benton
Local Historian
Hockley Seasons
Hockley Seasons
Pictorial memories
Save our trees
Save our trees
Do you recognise anyone ?
Life on the land
Life on the land
Paglesham 1930s to 1950s
Rochford Primary School
Rochford Primary School
Swimming Lessons
Father E. Gallon
Father E. Gallon
Memories in a Picture
A Merry Christmas
A Merry Christmas
Hockley in Winter
Rochford Hospital Boiler House
Rochford Hospital Boiler House
From Boilers to Bedrooms!
Ashingdon Primary School
Ashingdon Primary School
Perfect Attendance
Mystery Machine
Mystery Machine
Does anyone remember this?
Hartley's Ironmongers
Hartley's Ironmongers
Rochford Memories
The latest comments from this site

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Rochford Hospital Boiler House
Rochford Hospital Boiler House
From Boilers to Bedrooms!
"How high is the tower from ground level to the top most point, if anyone knows I would be very grateful kind regards - By Steve (02/09/2013)" In answer to Steve I reckon about 38 metres give or take. The underneath of the top ...
By Bob Stephen
On 16/04/2014
Canewdon View Road - Ashingdon
Canewdon View Road - Ashingdon
Houses my family lived in
Hello Patricia. Nathan Bell has just published a new article with some information that might be of interest to you including a couple of photos....
By Bob Stephen
On 15/04/2014
South Street, Rochford
South Street, Rochford
This part of South Street is still open for two way traffic. During the 1980’s when in my teen years I worked in the bike shop when it was run by a family who lived in Canewdon. They had renamed the business Witch Cycles. At that time the...
By B Meldon
On 15/04/2014
South Street, Rochford
South Street, Rochford
Outside the sweetshop slighly out of shot (to left of van) was a bus stop adjacent to the then newsagent and sweetshop. This was in the days when the road was not a one way street. Eastern National ran a regular service to Paglesham which was possibly ...
By Chris Jones
On 14/04/2014
Graves at Little Stambridge Hall
Graves at Little Stambridge Hall
When Little Stambridge St. Mary’s was demolished one window and its stone surrounds was saved and later installed in the west wall of the south aisle of Great Stambridge church where it can be seen today. The bell also survived the d...
By B Meldon
On 14/04/2014
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
I remember the Hunt family well as Mrs Hunt was kind enough to look after my brother Ken and I when the funeral of my brother took place. She gave us both a plum to eat and after we had eaten them I didn't know what to do with the pips, so I put th...
By Valerie Smerdon
On 14/04/2014
Graves at Little Stambridge Hall
Graves at Little Stambridge Hall
Here is a link to a photo of St. Mary’s Little Stambridge: http://www.essexchurches.info/images/019/0196p001.jpg Originating web page: ...
By B Meldon
On 03/04/2014
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Just a quick comment. Valerie together with my brother Peter Hunt and parents lived opposite you and your family in Rectory Road. I recall all that you have written growing up as a child in Rectory Road.  Denise, I remember your mu...
By Patricia James
On 03/04/2014
Graves at Little Stambridge Hall
Graves at Little Stambridge Hall
The church at Little Stambridge Hall was St Mary NOT All Saints. The church at Great Stambridge was/is called All Saints but actually St Mary and All Saints I think. The parishes were united in 1889 and the little church of St Mary which had been resto...
By Keith Taylor
On 01/04/2014
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
Hi, I'm hoping that if I say the name Bridie (Bridget) Preston someone will remember my nan. She worked here from the day it opened to the day it shut. When I was a little girl I use to wait at the gates for her sometimes with a dog. She loved...
By Jo Boosey
On 11/03/2014
George and Dragon, Churchend
George and Dragon, Churchend
Hi Fred and Megan - I've sent you an email with your email addresses included. Thank you for the copy of the book you sent me a while back Fred - its a very interesting book and shows its not plain sailing running a pub, especially taking a...
By Bob Stephen
On 06/03/2014
George and Dragon, Churchend
George and Dragon, Churchend
Could you give Megan my email address then I can get in touch ? Thanks Fred...
By Fred
On 06/03/2014
George and Dragon, Churchend
George and Dragon, Churchend
Hi Fred, I'm really interested in the history of Foulness. It would be great to get a copy of your book. If you have any left I'd love to buy one. Best, Megan...
By Megan
On 06/03/2014
Memories of Hullbridge (1)
Memories of Hullbridge (1)
Was your mother's name Betty and did you live at 25 Mapledene?  I lived at 35 until 1981 when I moved to Australia....
By Margaret Johnson
On 02/03/2014
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Just reading this and had to comment. My mum was one of the Gridleys you mention above, Doreen Gridley and I remember Mrs Abrahams she looked after my mum and her brothers and sister when they lost their dad. My mum lived in Sweyne Ave when she...
By Denise Anderton
On 02/03/2014
Lesney Matchbox in Rochford
Lesney Matchbox in Rochford
Can anybody remember the bus driver at Rochford, Doug King? He passed away last week. God bless him he was a nice man....
By Fred Williams
On 22/02/2014
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
I am glad you found it of interest Emma. I agree it is highly likely that the waste material was dumped on this site as it was derelict for many years. Since I posted the information below the only further information I have f...
By B. Meldon
On 22/02/2014
The Palmers of Rochford
The Palmers of Rochford
As mentioned previously I have been researching the Rankin's Cricket Club history and William Palmer features over many years.  This is William Edward Palmer I believe born 1876 and who took over the Butcher's shop in West Street from his ...
By Brian Pettitt
On 15/02/2014
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
The information about Magnolia Brickworks is brilliant. I often walk through there- on many occasions have found 1940s-50s era glass bottles and crockery, and wondered why it was there. It is easily found in the wooded area where badgers have been digg...
By Emma
On 13/02/2014
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
I worked at Lesney in Rochford in the late 70s. The bus picked us up in Great Wakering. I remember attaching wheels to chassis as well but first I learnt to attach the wheels to wire. I remember the machines kept jamming. I couldn't keep up and had...
By Viv Bailleux
On 12/02/2014
The Palmers of Rochford
The Palmers of Rochford
May "Mabel Ellen Palmer" 1881-1957 was married to my 4th cousin, Percy Augustine Binley. He died in France in 1918....
By Jodie Edgar
On 07/02/2014
George and Dragon, Churchend
George and Dragon, Churchend
I was the licensee of the George and Dragon for 28 years. I also wrote a book about our life there from 1981-2002. I see on your web page that you are saying the Post Office and Store on the Island is now closed. This could not be fur...
By Fred Farenden
On 03/02/2014
Lesney Matchbox in Rochford
Lesney Matchbox in Rochford
I used to work there as a bus driver. If there is anyone else out there please get in touch by email to  fredwilliams42@googlemail.com...
By Mr F W Williams
On 02/02/2014
Anti-Aircraft light/mirrored facility at the top of Hambro Hill
Anti-Aircraft light/mirrored facility at the top of Hambro Hill
Do you know anything about it?
Yes Bernard it was quite early as WW2 defences go. In fact as far as I have been able to find out parts of the structures were actually being built at Christy and Norris factory in Chelmsford before the war. I do not know the date of the aerial...
By B Meldon
On 20/01/2014
Bob Bowyer's Memories of Love Lane School, Rayleigh
Bob Bowyer's Memories of Love Lane School, Rayleigh
Just found your page. I attended Love Lane from 55 to 61. In 58/59 school year we used Runnymede, I loved it. We were bussed out and back, a rare treat as the vehicles used were mostly pre-war and at the end of their lives, and not used on normal servi...
By Kevin Watson
On 20/01/2014
Anti-Aircraft light/mirrored facility at the top of Hambro Hill
Anti-Aircraft light/mirrored facility at the top of Hambro Hill
Do you know anything about it?
Brian, My memory says the site was nearer to Hambro Hill road than the map shows (somewhere in the garden of the present bungalow), but it was a long time ago.  I'll ask an old friend of mine whether he can remember more.  If it is the ob...
By Bernard de Neumann
On 20/01/2014
Anti-Aircraft light/mirrored facility at the top of Hambro Hill
Anti-Aircraft light/mirrored facility at the top of Hambro Hill
Do you know anything about it?
I have not measured it myself but I would say the structure at Kit's Hill is about 50 feet in diameter in total. Now as it happens, surprisingly I think the Hambro Hill structure is possibly shown on the 1939 O/S map: ...
By B Meldon
On 14/01/2014
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
My name is Shirley Horwood (nee Cohen), and I worked at Lesney in Rochford from 1972 until 1974.  They had free buses that picked up the workers at various bus stops and took us back again after work. There was another lady named Shirley Adla...
By Shirley Horwood
On 14/01/2014
Anti-Aircraft light/mirrored facility at the top of Hambro Hill
Anti-Aircraft light/mirrored facility at the top of Hambro Hill
Do you know anything about it?
Brian, Thanks.  Can you give any details of the size of the installation at Kits Hill please?  The one at the top of Hambro Hill was on the north-side of the road, where there is a bungalow now.  It occupied a flat area scooped out from ...
By Bernard De Neumann
On 12/01/2014
Anti-Aircraft light/mirrored facility at the top of Hambro Hill
Anti-Aircraft light/mirrored facility at the top of Hambro Hill
Do you know anything about it?
Update: I went past the site at North Fambridge on Saturday 11th January 2014 and the structure still survives....
By B Meldon
On 12/01/2014
The
The "Bobbing " Ponds
From torture to tranquility
This is an interesting article but just to make things clear the Doggetts bobbing pond no longer exists. It was located under what is now the NE end of St. Clare Meadow housing estate and was filled in some time between 1961 and 1964. ...
By B Meldon
On 11/01/2014
Anti-Aircraft light/mirrored facility at the top of Hambro Hill
Anti-Aircraft light/mirrored facility at the top of Hambro Hill
Do you know anything about it?
I can indeed shed some light on what this structure was, if you pardon the pun! It was one of 50 such installations in this part of Essex constructed in late 1939, early 1940. There was originally a very powerful arc light mounted ab...
By B Meldon
On 09/01/2014
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
I used to work for Lesney's in Hackney and have many happy memories from there. I worked there for 6 years and can say that they were the best six years of my life. Would love to know where everyone is now but alas I would be sure that a lot have p...
By Thomas
On 31/12/2013
Love Lane School Staff 1948-9
Love Lane School Staff 1948-9
I started at Love Lane Infants in September 1948. I think the teachers in the picture were all the Junior School teachers. I was firstly in Mrs Coles class. I think her son Jeremy was also in my class and believe they came from Wickford where I seem to...
By Sid Barker
On 25/12/2013
Childhood Wartime Memories
Childhood Wartime Memories
Adopted Aircrew
Please can you give more information about "adopted aircrew" it sounds interesting?  Also do you have by any chance any photos of your wartime childhood? Thanks, Sue...
By Sue Horncastle
On 12/12/2013
High Street looking East - enlargement
High Street looking East - enlargement
The Red Lion is on the right with the present day Marsh's butchers beyond. Opposite, on the left, is what was French's confectionary/barber shop and Chapel Lane beyond....
By Robin Nicholls
On 12/12/2013
An interview with Len Bickford
An interview with Len Bickford
Part 1
I too left Rochford Secondary modern School in 1956 and recall all those staff. I accidentally let off a firework whilst George Sime was cycling past with inevitable consequences. I was a gnome in a school operetta once! Fellow pupils included Brian Bl...
By John Wilby
On 07/12/2013
Rochford - A rural primary school
Rochford - A rural primary school
I was a pupil at Rochford Primary School from 1944-51. I think one of my teachers was a Miss Ambler. I recall catching newts and tadpoles in the stream below the bridge opposite the school and using the air raid shelter across the road in '44-45...
By John Wilby
On 06/12/2013
Rochford Hospital Boiler House
Rochford Hospital Boiler House
From Boilers to Bedrooms!
When the building was converted it was necessary to stabilize the chimney with steel bands and I worked on the drawings for this part of the project....
By Iain Abbot
On 02/12/2013
Bricks and Barges at Wakering and District
Bricks and Barges at Wakering and District
Here is a link to the 1897 O/S map showing Landwick brickfields complete with tramway:  http://www.old-maps.co.uk/maptiles/m100623_596557_188187.png  T...
By B Meldon
On 26/11/2013
Phillip Benton
Phillip Benton
Local Historian
As local historians we do indeed owe a debt of gratitude to Philip Benton and I am convinced his work was the best that could have been done with the information he had available in 1864.  However Benton drew heavily on the previous 1740 w...
By B. Meldon
On 25/11/2013
Hockley Train Station
Hockley Train Station
My wife lived in the house on the right in the top picture. ...
By Mick Vanner
On 25/11/2013
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
Sorry it is a bit late to reply to Len Bickford’s post about the former brickworks at Magnolia Road just off Rectory road (Ed. see post below dated 18/06/2012). The company here was called Hawkwell Brickfields Limited. It was first regist...
By B Meldon
On 25/11/2013
South Street, Rochford
South Street, Rochford
From about April 66 till about 69 I used to fill the fire engine up with petrol. Wally Roughton used to be a fireman at Rochford....
By Mick Vanner
On 20/11/2013
South Street, Rochford
South Street, Rochford
The fuel pump was located in the entrance to Roughton`s yard (you can see the entrance to the rear of the van in the picture). That entrance was big enough for a cart to go through, and I think the workshops at the rear had a horse related history. I r...
By Howard Matthews
On 15/11/2013
South Street, Rochford
South Street, Rochford
Aahh, the wonderful smell of baking bread as I walked past on a cold winters morning!...
By Howard Matthews
On 07/11/2013
South Street, Rochford
South Street, Rochford
I think the building the other side of the chemists was the place that sold bike spares, and a few bits of fishing tackle and bait. We used to buy our maggots somewhere along South Street just around from the square but I cannot remember the name of th...
By Rick Baxter
On 07/11/2013
Love Lane School Staff 1948-9
Love Lane School Staff 1948-9
I was at Love Lane school from 1945 till 1952 and remember all of the teachers in the photo. The ones who were my class teachers were Mrs McQuibban, Miss Brawn and Mr Bell. I can't remember being taught by any of the others. Mr Bodington was the he...
By Les Hopton
On 28/10/2013
South Street, Rochford
South Street, Rochford
The other baker in the town was Clements who were located in West Street. They use to have an electric van similar to those milk floats still used in diminishing numbers. To the slight left of the van in the photo was Roughton's Bicycle shop which ...
By Chris Jones
On 19/10/2013
Rochford Union Workhouse
Rochford Union Workhouse
Hi Linda. Do you have any further information about your grandmother's time at Connaught House, or photos? Sue...
By Sue Horncastle
On 13/10/2013