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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
Hullbridge Postcards (1)
Hullbridge Postcards (1)
Plotland Bungalow
Hullbridge Postcards (2)
Hullbridge Postcards (2)
Hullbridge School
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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
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
Nine brothers fight for their country
Nine brothers fight for their country
Possibly a wartime record for a single family
Sorry Gordon, the eldest was Arthur (my father) and it was Charlie who was wounded at El Alamein. Have started researching my uncles service records. Shall be pleased to hear from anyone who can help. Very proud of them all and a miracle they all survi...
By Carol Osborne (neé Wiseman)
On 11/04/2015
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
A history of one of the first radar stations
The layout of the towers at Canewdon was not the same as other CH sites making photo identification of Canewdon easy. There were originally four steel 360 foot transmitter towers on the south site all in a north to south l...
By B Meldon
On 07/04/2015
Rochford Union Workhouse
Rochford Union Workhouse
Hello Nicky Your great-grandfather was probably in the workhouse when he died because before the Welfare State got going after the 2nd World War there was very little other support for people who could not look after themselves due to ill healt...
By Sue Horncastle
On 05/04/2015
Rochford Union Workhouse
Rochford Union Workhouse
My great-grandfather, Robert McConchie (sometimes Conchie) died in August 1917 in the Union Infirmary, Rochford.  The informant of his death was Harry Golby “Master of the Workhouse, Rochford” and I have a copy of the page listing his ...
By Nicky Henning
On 05/04/2015
George and Dragon, Churchend
George and Dragon, Churchend
Hi Ginette. The pub and church are closed to visitors but the Heritage Centre is open every first Sunday of the month during the summer. Have a look at its opening details and lo...
By Bob Stephen
On 28/03/2015
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
A history of one of the first radar stations
Possibly so Brian, as the ground does seem to be rather flatter and more extensive than one would find at Canewdon! However the layouts of transmitters and receivers were virtually identical for all Chain Home sites (three or four steel transmitting to...
By Bob Stephen
On 28/03/2015
The Ghost of the Arterial Road
The Ghost of the Arterial Road
A wee bit creepy
It wasn't just motorcyclists who stopped and gave a lift to this woman. I remember my Dad telling me about a time when he was driving along that stretch and saw a woman thumbing a lift. He had an old Ford Van that he had just had remould tyres put ...
By Len Bickford
On 28/03/2015
Magnolia Park
Magnolia Park
Nature Reserve
Sue, you are quite right about the moulding company. It was called Magnolia Mouldings Ltd. I worked there for a while back in the mid 60's - about 1967 or thereabouts. They did as you say, move to Purdy's estate later on. We used to make all so...
By Len Bickford
On 28/03/2015
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
A history of one of the first radar stations
Please note that the photo showing the 7 towers is not Canewdon....
By B Meldon
On 28/03/2015
George and Dragon, Churchend
George and Dragon, Churchend
I am the 6xgt granddaughter of James Bennewith, the original licensee of The George & Dragon pub on Foulness. My cousin lives in Perth, Western Australia and will be visiting the UK this summer. She would very much like to visit the pub but has bee...
By Ginette Bennewith
On 28/03/2015
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
A history of one of the first radar stations
As a kid in the 1970s I can remember going into the buildings on what we called the Air Ministry - the equipment and furniture was all there but mostly flooded.  There were other underground bunkers which were completely flooded in the paddock at ...
By Tim Armstrong
On 18/03/2015
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hi Bob, I am sending the photo as an attachment (Note from RDCA: photo now added to end of above article). I cannot date the photo but Cliftonville Stores was owned by Mr & Mrs Ayres senior who later opened Ayres coa...
By Patricia James
On 16/03/2015
Lesney Matchbox in Rochford
Lesney Matchbox in Rochford
Hi there , I was a forklift driver at Rochford, I worked there from 79 - 82, my name Steve Lapwood , I went there straight from school and my mum Margaret was a production clerk in Plastics....
By Steve Lapwood
On 16/03/2015
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hello Patricia, If you cannot easily scan your photo and send me the digital image by email then please post the photo to: Bob Stephen, Flat 9, Rochford Lofts, Pollards Close, Rochford, SS4 1GB I'll ...
By Bob Stephen
On 14/03/2015
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
The photos of Rectory Road are really great thank you so much for sharing.  I have not seen these photos before or any of this time anywhere, I wonder what other properties were in Rectory Road at this time, does anyone have any photos or dat...
By Patricia James
On 14/03/2015
Hockley Seasons
Hockley Seasons
Pictorial memories
Hello Robert, yes you're right about the twins. Their names were Moon & Star. Really lovely mares that were tiny but always had massive foals!...
By Carla Calver
On 09/03/2015
South Fambridge River Crossing
South Fambridge River Crossing
Was there a hermitage or small chapel ever recorded for Canterbury pilgrims - perhaps where the Ferry House is now?...
By Wendy Rose
On 02/03/2015
Memories of Hullbridge (2)
Memories of Hullbridge (2)
Hi, I've just read your post about the Smugglers pub in Hullbridge.  I don't know if you will remember but do you remember a man called Keith who had a nickname Butch who had a jazz band that played at the Smugglers in the 1950s?  If ...
By Kate
On 19/02/2015
Roughton's Garage, Rochford
Roughton's Garage, Rochford
Cars and bikes in South Street
Here is a link to Google Street-view taken from the same location as the first photo: https://www.google.co.uk/...
By B Meldon
On 19/02/2015
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
I have fond memories of the Lesney factory. I worked there as as a young teenager around about 1980.  I started in the moulding shop packing the plastic mouldings as they came out of the machines.  As a beginner I struggled to keep up with on...
By Adrian English
On 15/02/2015
Memories of Gusted Hall by Andrew Kyd
Memories of Gusted Hall by Andrew Kyd
I am 68yrs old. My Mum, born in 1915, Doris E. Fry (with her sister Ivy) grew up in Honeypots, a smallholding in Gusted Hall Lane. Her adoptive parents were Tom and Edith Robinson. Edith died whilst Mum was in her teens and Tom then married Daisy. The ...
By Joy Thomas (neé Lang)
On 10/02/2015
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
Hello just looking up the history of Match Box. My neighbour told me she used to work there in Rochford. Does anyone remember her? Her name is Nita Emmones....
By Maxine Sinclair
On 09/02/2015
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
Rawreth, Canewdon and Foulness each hit five times
A V-2 launched from Holland at 09:19 on January 29th 1945 landed in a field in Shotgate causing slight damage to a farm and injuring 3 people. Perhaps this was the one?...
By B Meldon
On 29/01/2015
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
V2 Rocket landings in Rochford District 1944/45
Rawreth, Canewdon and Foulness each hit five times
I was told by my parents that several V2s came down in the area of Shotgate. During WW2 one of Norman Clarke's (former Mayor of Southend) jobs at Fort Halstead in Kent was to produce reports of V2 strikes in the UK, but to associate each strike wit...
By Bernard de Neumann
On 26/01/2015
Exceptional Rayleigh Characters
Exceptional Rayleigh Characters
A dozen - never to be forgotten
I also remember "Trampy" Harvey, but didn't know his name, or nickname, as he was often working in his garden. On the day of my father's funeral, he waited at the roadside outside his home on Down Hall Road, and as the procession passed him by,...
By Bernard de Neumann
On 19/01/2015
Exceptional Rayleigh Characters
Exceptional Rayleigh Characters
A dozen - never to be forgotten
As I recall, Albert Cable suffered from polio as a child, but his parents were both killed by a V1 which came down on the High Road, Rayleigh....
By Bernard de Neumann
On 19/01/2015
Exceptional Rayleigh Characters
Exceptional Rayleigh Characters
A dozen - never to be forgotten
There was a man who lived in Thundersley, who lost his three outer fingers when he accidentally cut them off with a circular saw.  I don't know what his name was but he was universally known as "One finger, one thumb", after the song and dance...
By Bernard de Neumann
On 19/01/2015
An Interview with Len Bickford - Pt 2
An Interview with Len Bickford - Pt 2
Makes me think about things that were there as a child and are now gone forever....
By B Spearman
On 19/01/2015
Magnolia Park
Magnolia Park
Nature Reserve
Mike Handford was clearly the Chairman of the District Council at the time, he is wearing the chain of office and wielding a spade... Cllr Heather Glynn (still serving on the District Council) is wearing a blue coat....
By Chris Black
On 13/01/2015
Magnolia Park
Magnolia Park
Nature Reserve
Magnolia Road dates from sometime between 1897 and 1923. As I mentioned on another page it was previously named York Road in the 1930’s, then later in the 1950’s and into the early 1960’s it was York Road West. It is d...
By B Meldon
On 13/01/2015
Magnolia Park
Magnolia Park
Nature Reserve
Another factory on the Magnolia Road site was one making mouldings. These came in all shapes and sizes, were made from wood and were for building purposes and picture framing. I think the business moved to Purdy's estate later on. The  kennels...
By Sue Horncastle
On 09/01/2015
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Here is the same location in 2009 on Google Street view: ...
By B Meldon
On 24/12/2014
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Loved the archive photos of Hawkwell. It was a great place for children to grow up in. thanks for sharing them. Valerie. ...
By Valerie Smerdon
On 24/12/2014