The Palmers of Rochford

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East Street, c. 1908. The little boy on the left is Marion Morgan's uncle.

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As told by Marion Morgan

My mother was Mary Palmer, born and brought up in the butcher's shop at the crossroads in Rochford. Her mother was Emily Jane Bishop - the same family as the solicitor and, of course, the drapers. Emily Jane was born and brought up in Delft House.

Over the past few years I have been gradually tracing the family tree. My great-grandmother was an Aylett from Hockley, most of whom went to Australia in the 1800s. The Bishops appear to have come from Southend - I can trace them to about 1850 through Kelly's. The Palmers go back to great-grandfather in, I think, 1860 at the butcher's premises, but I have no knowledge at all about where they came from.

I used to visit my grandmother, Emily Jane Palmer, in the 1940s when she lived at 54 West Street (next to Clements the bakers. Their rolls smelled wonderful in the mornings!).

I remember going to visit the Palmer great-aunts who lived in Glenmore, East Street. I think there was also a great-Uncle William, because I remember singing a simple hymn down his ear trumpet when I was about 6 years old, in 1948. Have you any knowledge or recollection of these? There may have been a daughter. I would love to know where the Palmers came from before buying the butcher's premises in Rochford.

With the help of a friend, I have traced a few family details on the Bishop side. One of my great-aunts was a witness in the murder trial in the 1880's! My friend has found a copy of the newspaper report.

This page was added by Mavis Sipple on 19/10/2011.
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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 father also William.  He is also shown in the census as having a son William A Palmer who also played for Rochford CC (as they were known then).  He made his debut in 1893 and was a formidable bowler, being one of the highest wicket takers for the club.  There are team photos of both him and his son on the wall of the cricket club from around 1908 and 1910. There are many games recorded on the Rankin's Cricket Club website in which he appears for those that are interested.

By Brian Pettitt
On 15/02/2014

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

I have recently been researching the history of Rankins Cricket Club in Stambridge (Originally Broom Hills CC) and in looking into the original members I notice that George Aylett appears in the minutes of the first meeting of 11th March 1881 in the Cherry Tree Pub, Great Stambridge. A William Bishop was also an original member. The 1881 census shows William Bishop Snr. as Outfitter and Upholsterer of the The Square West Street and his son William J Bishop, Drapers Asst. They were 42 and 21 respectively so either could have been the player concerned. Geo Aylett was 64 and a wheelwright living in Oak Row Gt Stambridge which was next to the Royal Oak and was born in Tillingham.

By Brian Pettitt
On 07/01/2013

Ian - your mother was my mother's first cousin. She also visited Babs in Wellington, another first cousin. Would love to be in touch and am happy for you to have my email address. My mother, Mary Palmer, died in 1986. Have traced a few ancestors!

By Marion Morgan
On 01/01/2013

I am the grandson of Olive Kate Pipe (nee Palmer), the daughter of William Palmer who owned the butchers' shop of which you mention in your article. I spent part of my summer holidays in the early to mid 1950s with my mother (Joan) at Glenmore in East Street where my grandmother lived with two "aunts", Ethel Jennie Palmer and, as I vaguely recall, May Binley. Olive married Bernard John Pipe in September 1909 whilst living in Glasgow and my mother was born there in January 1910 (you do the maths!), and they also had a son, Douglas (born March 1918) whose birth was registered in Rochford. Interestingly, and perhaps unusually, both Joan and Douglas were given Palmer as their middle names. Olive died whist visiting us in Cheltenham in 1957. I believe she outlived Ethel by about a year, but I don't recall when May died. Olive also had another daughter that I knew only as Babs. She married into a farming family, the Warrens, who farmed near Bradwell but later moved to near Wellington, Somerset. Douglas married and emigrated to Australia with a young family - I have a photo of them taken in the garden at Glenmore in about 1950. Bernard Pipe was working as a hotel clerk when he met my grandmother but he was called up at the outbreak of war and served as a Private in the 5th Seaforths. In June 1915 he received gunshot wounds to the face. Notification of this was was sent to my grandmother c/o Palmers, High Street, Rochford (I have the original document and envelope), which suggests she moved back to the family home during the Great War. I know he survived his injuries as he was posted to the Gordon's at Ripon in November of that year. Much is unclear to me as to what happened later. I never knew Bernard. He and Olive were estranged and my mother never spoke much of her father. I have copies of correspondence from him to Joan (mostly in the form of picture postcards of Cologne dated 1919) whist he was serving as a Major with the Army of Occupation on the Rhine, but then all communication ceased. It was not until some three months after the death of Olive that my mother received a handwritten, but very formal letter from Bernard offering his condolences. It did not include an address for her to contact him, but the postmark on the envelope was Romford and Dagenham. Maybe someone reading this can fill in some of the blanks. I have fond childhood memories of Glenmore, Rochford and the surrounding areas but have only been back a couple of times in the last 50 years. Happy to share more of these if anyone would care to contact me.

By Ian Walton
On 30/12/2012
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