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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
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
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V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
Rawreth, Canewdon and Foulness each hit five times
Hello Sid, Sorry cannot help with your two questions, all I know is the site where it landed. Regards, Richard...
By Richard
On 20/08/2014
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
Rawreth, Canewdon and Foulness each hit five times
Hello Richard, Very interesting. Have you any idea of the date this V2 landed and whether there were any casualties? Thanks, Sid...
By Sid Barker
On 19/08/2014
Rochford - A rural primary school
Rochford - A rural primary school
Yes, I well remember ROCHFORD PRIMARY school, I was there from 1949 to 1953. A very happy time with good memories making friends with many young people. The headmaster, Mr Baltrop ruled with a rod of iron and everyone gave him the respect he deserved. ...
By Richard
On 15/08/2014
Smugglers' Den Pub, Hullbridge
Smugglers' Den Pub, Hullbridge
I have lived out of England for more than 30 years, while I had to go back for my mum every three months for the last 4 years the Smugs was my life line, you are all the best to me and I love you all.........................
By Susan
On 15/08/2014
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
Rawreth, Canewdon and Foulness each hit five times
I remember (and still would be able to find) the site of a V2 just south west of Hyde Wood farm in Hyde Wood lane, Canewdon. My father pointed the place out to me but never actually went near the crater, I think he thought it might go off again...
By Richard Hall
On 15/08/2014
George and Dragon, Churchend
George and Dragon, Churchend
Jackie you can contact me on this email: fred-relda@blueyonder.co.uk...
By fred farenden
On 15/08/2014
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
Rawreth, Canewdon and Foulness each hit five times
This website may be of help as it lists all the known V2 launches and impact sites: http://www.v2rocket.com/start/deployment/timeline.html However none are listed for ...
By B Meldon
On 12/08/2014
George and Dragon, Churchend
George and Dragon, Churchend
Hi Fred, Please get in touch. Regards, Jackie...
By Jackie Hannah (nee Farenden)
On 12/08/2014
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?
Sorry to re-open this again but I had a chat the other day with the land owner who happens to be a friend of mine and he confirmed that he removed the foundations of what he called ‘the searchlight’ from the corner of his field at Hambro Hi...
By B Meldon
On 08/08/2014
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Some history and memories
The ‘Thundersley Brickworks near Rayleigh’ was probably the one located on Burches Road. See this 1938/39 O/S map: http://www.old-maps.co.uk/maptiles/m10120...
By B Meldon
On 04/08/2014
The Palmers of Rochford
The Palmers of Rochford
Hi Ian, I have just started looking up my Dad's family and discovered this post. My Dad is Douglas Palmer Pipe's son and he just told me last night that he thinks my Grandad Douglas had a sister called Joan, therefore from reading this ...
By Nicky Pike
On 03/08/2014
Rochford Union Workhouse
Rochford Union Workhouse
Hello Susan, I'm sorry but I only have the names of people who were at the Rochford Union Workhouse at the time of the 1881 Census. Essex Record Office, Wharf Road, Chelmsford, has further papers and records under the following refe...
By Sue Horncastle
On 01/08/2014
Memories of Love Lane School
Memories of Love Lane School
We were actually bussed to Benfleet Station. I think there were children from other schools down the line already on the train. When we got to Hampton Court and disembarked from the boat I remember our Headmaster Mr Boddington having a shouting match w...
By Sid Barker
On 01/08/2014
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Some history and memories
Just to add that while in the ownership of Theophilus Sneeds Eli Plowman the actual trading company changed names several times. On more than one occasion the existing company was voluntarily wound up and the assets, i.e. the brickworks and land were s...
By B Meldon
On 01/08/2014
Visiting the site of Sweyn's Castle
Visiting the site of Sweyn's Castle
Rayleigh
I well remember the cans of lemonade, and I think also orangeade powder. They were tipped down a slope behind the old granary buildings of Browns Mill (later to become Rayleigh Sports and Social Club). I always had the impression they had been stored t...
By Sid Barker
On 01/08/2014
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Some history and memories
Many thanks to Mr Meldon for his further interesting research, which sheds a lot more light on the rather chequered history of the brickworks. William Clover lived and worked at the Boreham Brickworks for many years, and died on 4th Februa...
By Sid Barker
On 01/08/2014
Rochford Union Workhouse
Rochford Union Workhouse
Hi Sue, just wondering if you have names for people who were in the Workhouse. Particularly interested in the period 1924 to 1928. I believe my Dad was there as a child - from 2 to 5 years of age and I want to confirm this if I can....
By Susan Schrader
On 31/07/2014
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Some history and memories
After some more research here is some more info on the Brickworks at Hambro Hill: The brickworks was in existence by 1899. Ornamental as well as best quality red facing bricks were produced. The original owner was one William C...
By B Meldon
On 31/07/2014
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Some history and memories
I think I can narrow the start date down and go back a bit further than 1907. The Raleigh Brick and Tile Company Limited are in the 10th Annual Board of Trade Report of 1901 that was published in October 1902. There is no brickworks shown o...
By B Meldoon
On 30/07/2014
Memories of Love Lane School
Memories of Love Lane School
At some stage we went on a school trip to Hampton Court, and after being bussed to Leigh Station, we boarded a specially chartered train to Fenchurch Street, and there we boarded a specially chartered river bus, which took us all the way to Hampton Cou...
By Bernard de Neumann
On 30/07/2014
Love Lane School Staff 1948-9
Love Lane School Staff 1948-9
I was in the same class as Sid Barker.  Others I remember were Dave Ringer, Ian Perkins, Dave Hoskins, Sheila Crouch, Roy ?, John ? Gale, ? Longthorne, .... As I remember it the small amphitheatre was built for a Coronation pageant for summer 1953...
By Bernard de Neumann
On 30/07/2014
Visiting the site of Sweyn's Castle
Visiting the site of Sweyn's Castle
Rayleigh
Sometime about 1953/4 someone stole a lorry load of wartime canned lemonade powder, presumably from a regional government storage facility.  When the thieves discovered what they had stolen, and that it was no longer considered fit for human consu...
By Bernard De Neumann
On 29/07/2014
Greensward Lane, Hockley
Greensward Lane, Hockley
Pulpits Farm Cottages
The parish boundaries were once quite complex in this area. The stream mentioned in my previous post was the border between Hockley and South Fambridge with Pulpits farm actually in South Fambridge! To confuse matters even more Greensward lane here was...
By B Meldon
On 29/07/2014
Greensward Lane, Hockley
Greensward Lane, Hockley
Pulpits Farm Cottages
Not photos but some info…. Prior to WW2 there was an O/S benchmark on the chimney facing the road. (An upward pointing arrow with a horizontal line above it.) A new benchmark was provided on the bridge parapet, but this was removed when the...
By B Meldon
On 29/07/2014
A Feast of Nostalgia
A Feast of Nostalgia
Was it Hockley Steam Fair, c.1973?
The church is St Andrew in Cotton, Suffolk...
By Phil
On 22/07/2014
A Feast of Nostalgia
A Feast of Nostalgia
Was it Hockley Steam Fair, c.1973?
Hi Robert, I am certain that what appears as a church in Pic 4 is not Hockley although I am unable to place it. Events like this used to take place in Rochford but still I cannot place that church there. I think you would be looking at 1976-197...
By Terry Ive
On 22/07/2014
Greensward Lane, Hockley
Greensward Lane, Hockley
Pulpits Farm Cottages
Hi, I'm looking for photographs of Phyllis Cottages, Greensward Lane, Hockley where my great grandmother Nellie Vyse lived with her husband Albert. I note you say they are now called Brook Cottages but were they once known by another name? ...
By Sharon Mullery
On 22/07/2014
The Foulness Heritage Centre
The Foulness Heritage Centre
Hi Stephen, as far as I know the Sunday opening of the Heritage Centre is along these lines: Centre opens every first Sunday of the month from April to October between midday and 4pm. The entry gate is at Landwick. To get there, take the...
By Bob Stephen
On 07/07/2014
The Foulness Heritage Centre
The Foulness Heritage Centre
Are there special events on the 3rd August, do we need to book?  Thanks. Stephen Beckett...
By Stephen Beckett
On 07/07/2014
Rochford - A rural primary school
Rochford - A rural primary school
Hello Sarah - I've just passed your request to Julia Smith (see first comment below)....
By Bob Stephen
On 07/07/2014
Rochford - A rural primary school
Rochford - A rural primary school
I am trying to trace any relatives of Harry Chapman to ask permission to use an oral history recording we have of him at the Essex Sound and Video Archive. If anyone has any contact details, I would be grateful if you could let me know: ...
By Sarah-Joy Maddeaux
On 07/07/2014
Hullbridge Postcards (9)
Hullbridge Postcards (9)
The Brickworks and Water Tower
Some more Hullbridge Brickworks information: Alfred Hobman had an advert in the 1902 trade directory for red bricks, tiles and chimney pots using London clay and divided London clay. In 1903 the equipment and stock at the brickworks was...
By B Meldon
On 27/06/2014
Hullbridge Postcards (9)
Hullbridge Postcards (9)
The Brickworks and Water Tower
This is the information I have about the brickworks in Hullbridge from various sources: It was established in c1899 by Alfred Hobman on a 65 acre site with five kilns, a hand worked tramway and a timber jetty on the river. The...
By B Meldon
On 25/06/2014
Hullbridge Postcards (9)
Hullbridge Postcards (9)
The Brickworks and Water Tower
Here is the 1922 0/S map centred on the water tower. It also shows the then disused brickworks buildings. http://www.old-maps.co.uk/maptiles/m101068_581220_195472.png...
By B Meldon
On 24/06/2014
Hartley's Ironmongers
Hartley's Ironmongers
Rochford Memories
Hartley's really was a gorgeous Aladdin's Cave crammed with bits with all sorts and Rochford was shocked when the old place was demolished that Sunday. I believe by the time the authorities stepped in to stop it's destruction it was too lat...
By Chris Jones
On 06/06/2014
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
"que hermoso lugar, me apasionan las historias de matchbox" Hello, I wanted to say that I love all the stories about matchbox. I like anything that has to do with these stories. I have beautiful memories of my childhood playing wi...
By Guillermo Oscar Sanchez
On 04/06/2014
The Palmers of Rochford
The Palmers of Rochford
Very interested in Julia Salmon's comment and would love to see the Bishop family tree. I met Stanley Bishop (in the shop) and also Albert Bishop. I am not sure whether or not I met a William Bishop. Lavinia Bishop (Auntie Weenie) lived in a flat o...
By Marion Morgan
On 02/06/2014
The Palmers of Rochford
The Palmers of Rochford
Emily Jane Bishop is my great grand aunt.  William Bishop, the draper, is my great, great grandfather, and his son William Bishop (Jnr) my great grandfather. I have a fairly complete family tree of most lines of the Bishop family.  Al...
By Julia Salmon
On 01/06/2014
Rochford Racecourse
Rochford Racecourse
Horses, dogs, airplanes ?
Prior to 1938 Daly’s Road was known as Potash Lane. There was a ‘clubhouse’ and a ‘stand’ at the dog race track that are shown on the 1938 1:10,560 O/S map, as are the kennels: ...
By B. Meldon
On 13/05/2014
North Street, Rochford
North Street, Rochford
As many may know the Post Office was actually built as the police station in 1846 and served as such until 1919 when the newer one was opened. It is known that smugglers were taken here by the customs officers and the two small original prison ...
By B Meldon
On 13/05/2014
Brickworks and Travellers
Brickworks and Travellers
All the small 2 foot gauge diesel locos that worked at the Cherry Orchard lane brickworks survive today. Some are at preservation sites but others are still in industrial service. There were at one time many such brickworks railways in the loca...
By B Meldon
On 08/05/2014
North Street, Rochford
North Street, Rochford
I wonder if anyone else heard about the supposed "smugglers" tunnels around the town. One I was told ran from the cellar of the Old Ship towards the Post Office?...
By Chris Jones
On 08/05/2014
Little Stambridge St. Mary's
Little Stambridge St. Mary's
Where items from the church demolition are now to be found
I asked my good friend and renowned bell historian David Sloman about the former bell at Little Stambridge. He confirmed that it was sold and melted down by bellfounders John Warner & Sons. However all is not lost as the inscription was cut fr...
By B Meldon
On 04/05/2014
Back Lane, Rochford
Back Lane, Rochford
I used to walk up Back Lane when catching the 11 to Paglesham in the 1950s and it certainly sported some odd buildings. One was the storage barn to Cramphorns where you could get your bunny hay. At the rear of The Kings Head were stables which were in ...
By Chris Jones
On 04/05/2014
Horners Corner & North Street, Rochford
Horners Corner & North Street, Rochford
Before the restoration work...
Mr & Mrs Horner were neighbours living round the corner in Hall Road and my parents knew them well with Doris often coming over to see my mother for tea. Horner's Corner was a colourful display of pheasants and all sorts of game ...
By Chris Jones
On 04/05/2014
Brickworks and Travellers
Brickworks and Travellers
I remember the Brickworks as a thriving business. They had their own little train netword to the clay pits with the tracks crossing Cherry Orchard Lane. I remember taking a class of school children there to see bricks being made. They specialised in ha...
By Chris Jones
On 04/05/2014
South Street, Rochford
South Street, Rochford
Sorry Len, I beg to differ and stick to that original post. The bus stop was there as I used to walk up Back Lane from Oak Road and turn RIGHT at the top. I wasn't the only one to catch The Paglesham bus to school. My near neighbour John Pitts...
By Chris Jones
On 04/05/2014
Rochford Racecourse
Rochford Racecourse
Horses, dogs, airplanes ?
Seems there was another racecourse at the Lawns and that the Ashingdon Road one was also used as an airfield. Here is a little racing information and here is the ...
By Bob Stephen
On 01/05/2014
The Foulness Heritage Centre
The Foulness Heritage Centre
Supplementary site info here - George and Dragon. This is the now closed pub at Churchend. Have a look at the article and comments secti...
By Bob Stephen
On 26/04/2014
The Foulness Heritage Centre
The Foulness Heritage Centre
Will visit this summer....
By Alan Chapman
On 26/04/2014