My time in Rochford

Affectionate memories

Richard Hall

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Having now reached my three score years and ten, I would like to comment on my time in Rochford which I remember with great affection.

I was born in Brays Lane, went to Rochford primary school and then on to Rochford Secondary School leaving at the age of 14.

Working at the local chemist (from age 11 to 21) I remember quite a few interesting facts about our small market town.

The actual market was held on a Thursday and local farmers would drive loose cattle and sheep up West Street to sell them. At this time (1955 to 1966) the square had shops such as Rome and Bishop, Hartley Saddlery, Youngs drug store and Fance the butcher. On the south side, Delph House, a sometime upmarket tea shop with staff in black and white uniforms served the very best.

The pubs were very numerous, Marlborough Head, Kings Head, Old Ship, New Ship, Golden Lion, White Hart and Rose and Crown to name a few!

The doctors in the town were all one man affairs where you walked in the back door, joined the queue and waited until the doctor had shown out the patient through the front door and to call "next patient". Dr. Southwell, Dr. Adams, Dr. Emery

At that time all traffic was two way and watching two number 7 buses trying to pass in West Street was quite something.

Rochford has always had a railway station, a golf course, it even had an aerodrome, and has a long interesting history. Farming, milling and light industry have been important as was the very large hospital with its iconic boiler house chimney.

This page was added by Richard Hall on 03/08/2014.
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Hello Tony.

The names of your friends bring back many happy memories - and I remember going to the pictures with Tommy. Reg Doe was indeed very popular and everyone in the village had time to stop and chat to him, which pleased him greatly. With my brothers and friends, we often played rounders in the field opposite the church. 

By Valerie Smerdon
On 02/12/2015

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 - very popular was Reg and well liked by all of us lads.

My dad worked on the farm at Hawkwell and most of us lads played cricket on the field opposite the church.

We also formed the Rectory Rovers football team and played our games on what is now Clements Hall.

By Tony Collins
On 18/04/2015
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