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Evening Echo Archive 02
Evening Echo Archive 02
Bygone snippets and high quality photos from the paper
Tudor Queen Productions
Tudor Queen Productions
An active amateur dramatic group
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
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.
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
The latest comments from this site

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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
The Foulness Heritage Centre
The Foulness Heritage Centre
Why can't we have a public open day on Saturdays when there is a bus service? Among other things this would help keep the bus going....
By Simon Norton
On 24/03/2017
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
Hi yes its me Taz, alive and kicking, living in Hockley Essex married Chris from Lesney'sThanks for responding so quickly to my email Taz - Anthony Hart would like to get in touch with anyone who...
By Taz
On 19/03/2017
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
My name is Tony, I worked at Lesney's in Rochford for 10 years - 2 spells. I first started as an 18 year old on nights in summer 1971 - went onto days early '73. I left in 1977 then went back...
By Anthony Hart
On 18/03/2017
A Rochford Clock
A Rochford Clock
"John Gullock"
I am currently researching the Gullock/Gullick family tree and would welcome any information to assist me in my endeavours. Access to any Gullock/Gullick family trees would be much appreciated....
By Kevin John Gullick
On 28/02/2017
James Banyard
James Banyard
A Very Peculiar Preacher
I wrote yesterday but I am not sure if my comment in your comments section went through. My great grandfather James (he was born around 1950) Harrod's uncle was a former bishop in the Church...
By Terry Hill
On 23/02/2017
James Banyard
James Banyard
A Very Peculiar Preacher
I am doing genealogical research on my family too. My grandfather was James Harrod. His uncle was known to be a bishop in the church  of peculiar people!  The story is that he had facial...
By Terry Hill
On 21/02/2017
Retirement of Nurse Millard 1971
Retirement of Nurse Millard 1971
Not sure if either of these fit the description by Don but in 1956 (April) the relief nurses were N.Foster 128 London Road Rayleigh and N.Baines of Hockley.  Nurse Millard delivered me at this...
By Andrew Hart
On 18/02/2017
Rayleigh Firestation
Rayleigh Firestation
Snaps from the 60s
Thanks to Sue for a comprehensive snapsot of some of the work by the Rayleigh (22) fire crews. The wartime log is currently at the Rayleigh museum for analysis of the Rayleigh people within. Andrew...
By Andrew Hart
On 11/02/2017
Rayleigh Firemen Bailed out Canvey
Rayleigh Firemen Bailed out Canvey
Bob,  Please can you or Sue correct my error as highlight by Tony Sach, back row, second in from the left should read Ray Sach and not Bert Pickup. Sorry for the mistake. Andrew...
By Andrew Hart
On 11/02/2017
Rayleigh Firemen Bailed out Canvey
Rayleigh Firemen Bailed out Canvey
Tony, I'm so sorry for the error, I can only think I was looking at a different photo when transposing the names. As you know the "22" crew were very successful in this era winning the efficiency...
By Andrew Hart
On 11/02/2017
Millenium Sculpture
Millenium Sculpture
What and where
I had a look at the reservoir recently and spotted the sculpture on the island.  It is greenish with algae and looks like at least one water bird.  It seems flattish and slightly abstract. ...
By Sue Horncastle
On 05/02/2017
HMS Beagle at Paglesham
HMS Beagle at Paglesham
"... there she lies"
Henry Drake the younger was my great grandfather. He went on to serve in the navy on the royal yacht for Victoria, and HMS Victory....
By Keith Gooden
On 05/02/2017
A Rochford Clock
A Rochford Clock
"John Gullock"
Robert Gullock, John's eldest son, married at Canewdon in 1787, and by 1801 he was living in Gravesend.  Philip Hoare/Howe Gullock was the third son.  The others were John, a stay maker...
By Jane Lindsay
On 05/02/2017
A Rochford Clock
A Rochford Clock
"John Gullock"
John Gullock was indeed a Clockmaker in Rochford. Clocks and watches with this name do come up for sale from time to time.It would appear he had two sons: Robert Gullock who lived in Canewdon and was...
By B Meldon
On 03/02/2017
Bob Bowyer's Memories of Love Lane School, Rayleigh
Bob Bowyer's Memories of Love Lane School, Rayleigh
Hello Patricia, You can join the site if you want to add comments or articles. Joining is not compulsory if you just want to add a comment, as you have found out, but it makes the process simpler ...
By Bob Stephen
On 26/01/2017
Bob Bowyer's Memories of Love Lane School, Rayleigh
Bob Bowyer's Memories of Love Lane School, Rayleigh
Please confirm how I can join this site....
By Patricia Simpson nee prestidge
On 26/01/2017
60th Birthday this week
60th Birthday this week
4th Rochford Scout Group
Remember 4th Rochford very well, used to play bean bag hockey with chairs as goals in the hall before we formed up. This was in the 60s!! Great start for youngsters, well done keep it up........
By Richard
On 24/01/2017
My Rochford
My Rochford
A rhyming story
This is a delightful and informative article which has jogged my memory regarding a tape made by Peter Whittingham - "Rochford Past and Present". Its YouTube RDCA channel link is here: ...
By Bob Stephen
On 24/01/2017
My Rochford
My Rochford
A rhyming story
Charles, Have really enjoyed reading your piece, "My Rochford", it brought back a number of memories! I too went to Rochford primary school and remember playing in the brook. Then along from there...
By Richard
On 24/01/2017
The Whispering Court
The Whispering Court
Funny goings on at the Kings Head, Rochford
Hi Bob, Rae was a police sergeant at Rochford nick back in the 1980's - I don't know exactly when he retired as I never knew him personally, but I know that he is retired and living in...
By Len Bickford
On 23/01/2017
The Whispering Court
The Whispering Court
Funny goings on at the Kings Head, Rochford
Hi Len, Have you any idea who Rae Hill is/was? He is the author of “The Whispering Court” but there is nothing further in the magazine about him. I’ll be publishing the...
By Bob Stephen
On 23/01/2017
Ve Day 1945
Ve Day 1945
Rochford celebrations
Hi Bob, next left is Charlie. My brothers can be found as this: the lad in a dark jacket in 2nd row in the middle is brother John, to his left is Reg (I think,lol) next left is Charlie - to the...
By Len Bickford
On 19/01/2017
Rayleigh Firemen Bailed out Canvey
Rayleigh Firemen Bailed out Canvey
Andrew Hart, I thought you of all people would know that the fireman standing behind your late father is Ray Sach, his long time mate and work colleague and my late father. Your Dad was Sub Officer...
By Tony Sach
On 19/01/2017
Ve Day 1945
Ve Day 1945
Rochford celebrations
Nice one Len, I've made the big picture clickable so you should be able to see things pretty clearly. If anyone wants a bit enlarged I'll do so along the lines of the three lads miniature...
By Bob Stephen
On 18/01/2017
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
I started work there 1970 before my 21st birthday, met my wife there, and it was like a family we all worked together, good times....
By Taz
On 15/01/2017
The honest Peculiar People
The honest Peculiar People
An unusual Christian sect
Good afternoon. I find this article a very interesting read. In an old photograph album of my grans there was a picture of a lady and a young girl standing either side of the grave stone of a...
By Jessica Blagbrough
On 08/01/2017
Topsfield Family Matters
Topsfield Family Matters
Some photos and memorabilia
I am descended from Topsfields who lived in Paglesham around 1800s and later in Burnham-on-Crouch. Has anyone managed to link this branch to the Rochford branch earlier on. I have a photo of Eliza...
By Pat Leon
On 08/01/2017
Hullbridge Postcards (6)
Hullbridge Postcards (6)
The Davis Caravan Camp
I lived on the Davis caravan camp from 1948 until late 1950. And was just doing some family research when I found your web site. I was truly amazed, the top post card, the Lady with the donkey is my...
By Mrs C M Lingham
On 02/01/2017
Greensward Lane, Hockley
Greensward Lane, Hockley
Pulpits Farm Cottages
My third Great Aunt Sarah Camper lived here with her husband Thomas Shead Wilts in the late 1800's....
By Hazel
On 28/12/2016
James Harriot
James Harriot
Founder of the Thames River Police
Require more information re James Harriot's life e.g. are there any books, autobiography?...
By Peter Frier
On 20/12/2016
Memories of Stambridge
Memories of Stambridge
My family took this house over in 17/18 hundreds. This was a hall William Cromwell's wife lived in....
By John Harridge
On 20/12/2016
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
I started work at Lesney week ending 17/11/78 and left 14/9/79. My Clock No was KA142. Started in Packing, then went on various machinery making toy parts. Last Dept was King Size....
By Lynne Taylor
On 14/12/2016