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From the Pencils of Babes and Innocents.
From the Pencils of Babes and Innocents.
Reminiscence by Bernard White.
Riddle of The Foulness Sands
Riddle of The Foulness Sands
Stranded off Foulness but an adventure then commenced
The Broomway
The Broomway
Britains Deadliest Pathway
Sutton County Primary School
Sutton County Primary School
Shopland Road, Sutton, Rochford
Ruth's Story
Ruth's Story
Country life in the mid 20th century
Canewdon Photos
Canewdon Photos
The Anchor
Ellen Byford (nee Baker)
Ellen Byford (nee Baker)
Two well known family lines came together
Assistance required, from way back !!
Assistance required, from way back !!
A Reynolds or Raynolds farm in Shopland
Cricket History
Cricket History
Rankin's first match
Ornithology
Ornithology
The Birds of Rayleigh Sewage Treatment Works - 1992
Ornithology
Ornithology
The Scrubs - 1989
Ornithology
Ornithology
The Birds of Gusted Hall Wood - 1990
Ornithology
Ornithology
The Birds of Primrose Wood - 1991
Canewdon School
Canewdon School
Some early photos
Ornithology
Ornithology
The Birds of Cotton's Wood - 1991
School Trip 1965
School Trip 1965
Top of Snowdon
Roach Valley Way
Roach Valley Way
Some Photographs
Paglesham WI links with Australia
Paglesham WI links with Australia
Copies of correspondence
Southend Charity Cup Final Programme 1970
Southend Charity Cup Final Programme 1970
Stambridge United v Leigh Ramblers 1970
Paglesham WI links with Australia
Paglesham WI links with Australia
WW2 letters and food parcels
Frederick Lazell
Frederick Lazell
Where was his house?
Pass the parcel
Pass the parcel
Jim Cox, steam engine modeller
Raymond Wright
Raymond Wright
Rollerman
Len Padfield
Len Padfield
Len Padfield WWI hero
Ashingdon Home Guard
Ashingdon Home Guard
Anyone know more about photo?
Gusted Hall
Gusted Hall
Last annual picnic
Raypits life years ago
Raypits life years ago
Myrtle Doe's story
Grandfather Cottis
Grandfather Cottis
Creeksea Horse Boat
LIFE AT BUTLERS - 01
LIFE AT BUTLERS - 01
How we got there
Witchcraft Part 1
Witchcraft Part 1
Ashingdon and Hadleigh
Grandfather Cottis
Grandfather Cottis
at the Creeksea signal post
James Bridge
James Bridge
a Father and a Son
James Bridge
James Bridge
WW1 Service
James Bridge
James Bridge
Xmas Card 1918
George Edward EVANS
George Edward EVANS
Information Sought
Outing
Outing
day tripper
Weir Pond Rd
Weir Pond Rd
The pond
Nicknames
Nicknames
Nicknames of local characters in Rochford and surrounds
Chapman and André's Map of Essex 1777
Chapman and André's Map of Essex 1777
High resolution maps in B&W
Rochford Hospital
Rochford Hospital
Xmas on Leigh Ward in 1970's
East St.
East St.
Fred Matthews shop
Skint Cottage
Skint Cottage
Who lived there?
Ploughing Match
Ploughing Match
Ploughing with Horses
Canewdon early 1900s
Canewdon early 1900s
Pictures and History
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Hockley Seasons
Hockley Seasons
Pictorial memories
I had a horse who was bred at Pulpits Farm in the 1960s. She was called Bracken and had a sister Fern. I believe the Arab stallion also lived there, was called Sheraan....
By sally jarvis
On 12/07/2021
George and Dragon, Churchend
George and Dragon, Churchend
Interested in the history of foulness Island as i have some ancestors from the Island as i was told when i was a small boy! My parents lived in Westcliff on Sea before they moved to Barnet in North...
By Simon burles
On 12/07/2021
A Veteran from 1906 at Little Wakering
A Veteran from 1906 at Little Wakering
Does anyone remember?
We hired this car for our wedding in the summer of 1976 think it cost us two bottles of scotch. The driver took us the long way round from St Mary’s church to the Roslin hotel on Southend...
By Anita Leonard
On 12/07/2021
Sutton With Shopland
Sutton With Shopland
A brief history
I lived in “Temple View” formally (Booseys) with my parents when we moved from Romford, I was around Seven & a Half then, my Dad Bob Veitch took the Battlements down from the roof as...
By Jacqueline D Townsend
On 12/07/2021
Rochford - A rural primary school
Rochford - A rural primary school
I attended Rochford Primary from 52/53 to 56/57, after which I went on to Rayleigh Sweyne. Mr Baltrop was still Headmaster and Mr. Daly took 1a. Other teachers were Ms. Brassier (?) and Ms. Stevenson...
By Terry Cramp
On 12/06/2021
Ellen Byford (nee Baker)
Ellen Byford (nee Baker)
Two well known family lines came together
Hi Tony,  It's been a while. Life got in the way. How can I get hold of you? If you want to reach out to me then the email is biffordyoungest [at] gmail [dot] com....
By Sam Byford
On 08/06/2021
Magnolia Park
Magnolia Park
Nature Reserve
I walked home from school down Rectory Road and past Magnolia Road from 1978 to 1983. I seem to remember there was a printing company in Magnolia Road fairly near to the bridge in Rectory Road. Does...
By Mitch Thraves
On 08/06/2021
Bob Bowyer's Memories of Love Lane School, Rayleigh
Bob Bowyer's Memories of Love Lane School, Rayleigh
I was also bussed out to Thundersley . We went in three coaches with the number plates LUB..JO..LPG. Jo was the slowest and we always wanted to be on LUB as it was forever breaking down so we were...
By Diana Hooke
On 08/06/2021
Love Lane School Staff 1948-9
Love Lane School Staff 1948-9
Mr Bell was my dad and I have just found this on line and am totally amazed and the comments about him are wonderful so thank you. Unfortunately my dad died in 1964 of Parkinsons Disease. I was at...
By Diana Hooke
On 08/06/2021
The honest Peculiar People
The honest Peculiar People
An unusual Christian sect
My grandparents were Peculiars in Rochford, I think, mid 1900s. My great grandfather’s (Edwin Lazell) first wife, Emma Lazell nee Carey died in 1912 and is buried at Daws Heath. Emma’s...
By David Lazell
On 10/05/2021
The Shepherd & Dog, Ballards Gore
The Shepherd & Dog, Ballards Gore
My Grandfather John Quince managed the Shepherd and Dog for a small amount of time around 1972. He will turn 100 at the end of this month and still speaks fondly of his time there....
By Miss Jamilee Dooley
On 10/05/2021
G F Harrod
G F Harrod
A well known Peculiar Person
My father was born and brought up in Canning town and I have various bits of History from the peculiar people. My grandfather was Mr James Southgate mentioned in the article except it was probably...
By Mrs Rosemary Whittaker
On 10/05/2021
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
A history of one of the first radar stations
If you are looking to do anything in Canewdon about history you best look for the Canewdon Village community page on Facebook and look for Brian Meldon. He knows everything in Canewdon. ...
By richard
On 10/05/2021
Tudor Queen Productions
Tudor Queen Productions
An active amateur dramatic group
Hi Chris,  My Dad sadly passed away a couple of years ago, but my Mum, Pam is still here. ...
By Janice Gooch
On 06/04/2021
Memories of Gusted Hall by Andrew Kyd
Memories of Gusted Hall by Andrew Kyd
Am fascinated with the local history particularly of Gusted Hall which was my husband’s childhood home...
By Barbara Kyd
On 06/04/2021
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
I worked at Matchbox Toys, Rochford from Oct '83 to Dec '85. My first job was assembling toy fire engines as well as other toy vehicles.  I was then moved onto line feeding &...
By Matt Dixon
On 06/04/2021
Nicknames
Nicknames
Nicknames of local characters in Rochford and surrounds
Old Rhubarb wold have been my father-in-law.  Unfortunately he died soon after I met him but at the time he had a pony and cart and used to sell rhubarb grown in his garden at Stambridge Road....
By Valerie Kilworth
On 06/04/2021
Magnolia Park
Magnolia Park
Nature Reserve
It was Magnolia Mouldings  founded by Raphael Wallrock they mfg picture frame mouldings for framers and started in 1947 if you want to know more about the company please contact me...
By julian nyman
On 06/04/2021
Rochford Hospital
Rochford Hospital
Over 150 years of caring for the sick and elderly
Hello. I was born Oct 9, 1955 in the Rochford General Hospital. My mum was a Welsh girl from Ammanford. She was a qualified Registered Hospital Nurse. (At Rochford Hospital ?).  ...
By David Allen Phillips
On 09/03/2021
Rayleigh Wartime Relics
Rayleigh Wartime Relics
Recollections of Wartime Relics in Rayleigh in the early post war period.
There were up until late 1950 the remains of what once were trenches , or gun emplacements , at either end of Castle Road , one by the then Fire Station at Daws Heath Road end, and one at the High...
By Mrs Margaret Cooke
On 02/03/2021
Hockley Fire Station
Hockley Fire Station
Taken before Spa Parade of course, so the shops on the North side of Spa Road are just visible....
By Terry Ive
On 02/03/2021
Old Secondary School, Rocheway
Old Secondary School, Rocheway
My memories
I believe that the Gardening teacher was a Welshman, Mr.Jones. I know he died shortly after I left, probably in 1959-60 of, I think, a heart attack. Can anyone corroborate this?...
By Geoff service
On 16/02/2021
Old Secondary School, Rocheway
Old Secondary School, Rocheway
My memories
Now I remember.The Maths Teacher was Mr. Cunningham.They closed the school because it was in the flight path of The airport....
By Geoff service
On 15/02/2021
Old Secondary School, Rocheway
Old Secondary School, Rocheway
My memories
I went to this school from 1955-1958. Are there any students still around that would remember me?  I remember Mr. Symes, and Mr.French. Who was the Maths Teacher??...
By Geoff service
On 15/02/2021
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
Anyone remember Beatrice Rice?  She worked there from 1975...
By Joan liddiard
On 06/02/2021
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
I remember the Gridleys with affection. Peter was my best friend and we remained in touch until the dreadful day that Doreen told me of his untimely death. I knew a lot of the people mentioned, the...
By Tony collins
On 06/02/2021
The Shepherd & Dog, Ballards Gore
The Shepherd & Dog, Ballards Gore
Ernest James Thorne had the Shepherd & Dog 1920 - 1923. He was one of the steam threshing family from Gt. Stambridge. My grandfather and his family ( Manning ) managed the Gore Farm next to the...
By C.M.Fance
On 06/02/2021
Memories of Stambridge
Memories of Stambridge
Dob 1951 I am writing a little about my stay in Mill Lane during the early to late 1950s, and would welcome any details of Rankins Mill and its surrounds...
By Martin Bradley
On 28/01/2021
A Stambridge Childhood
A Stambridge Childhood
The start of a long and active life
My grandmother was born in Bread House about 120 years ago. Her surname was Hines married to my Grandad who’s name is Furnish. Her little brother was scolded to death in the kitchen. Love to...
By Steven Sargent
On 28/01/2021
Ashingdon Home Guard
Ashingdon Home Guard
Anyone know more about photo?
Ralph Chapman is in the middle of the seated front row with glasses. Sixth from the left. My Grandfather was Ralph's Brother....
By Brian Johnson
On 28/01/2021
My memories
My memories
... pre Purdys estate
Does anyone know what happened to the clock which was originally in Market Square, West Street, Rochford and then stored in the barn with the railway?...
By Brenda Darby
On 22/12/2020
Roger Burroughs
Roger Burroughs
Foulness Farmer
great site, very informative, does anyone know of old pool farmhouse!(1939)...
By irene(shelley)moran
On 22/12/2020
George and Dragon, Churchend
George and Dragon, Churchend
Hello, I know this is over 6 years late, but i was reading  the earliest comments by Fred Farenden, the  ex licensee of the George and dragon. In  these comments Fred mentions...
By Dylan
On 22/12/2020
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
Hiya I worked there 1983\1987\ in general toys. Diane Monks was my supervisor, loved it. I was a porter because I couldn't work fast enough on the diecast cars. Fantastic people, so nice to hear...
By Edward Blake
On 17/11/2020
Ashingdon Home Guard
Ashingdon Home Guard
Anyone know more about photo?
I believe my Grandfather Ralph Chapman was captain. He was friends with Mr Taylor the head master so there may well have been a connection ...
By Stuart Chapman
On 17/11/2020
Rochford Hospital
Rochford Hospital
Over 150 years of caring for the sick and elderly
In February 1972 I had still born little girl at the Rochford Maternity Hospital. As you can imagine both my partner and myself were grief stricken. My parents at the time thought to help us through...
By Susan Stiles
On 23/10/2020
A Rochford Clock
A Rochford Clock
"John Gullock"
Hi, I'm interested in the history of the above clock maker and would like to hear more about the Gullock clock makers.  I believe I've had previous correspondence from Jane Lindsay and...
By Merryl Wells nee Gullick
On 23/10/2020
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
My Dad was evacuated to a victorian, poss detached house with a small Orchard and chicken coup in 1939.  He and another boy were under the care of a Mrs. Cook, widowed.  She had a Son in...
By Gaynor Atkins
On 07/10/2020
The Shepherd & Dog, Ballards Gore
The Shepherd & Dog, Ballards Gore
Hi Everyone, I wanted to let you know that my father and late mother used to own the Shepherd and Dog around the late 1940's and 1950's. My sister's were born in Rochford while my...
By Alison O'Sullivan
On 07/10/2020
The Anchor Pub, South Fambridge
The Anchor Pub, South Fambridge
My grandparents lived in the bungalow opposite ...
By Anna Coster
On 07/10/2020
GWENDOBO
GWENDOBO
A house on the Hullbridge plotlands
Dave Whiffin has given you one feasible option another is that Malyons Farm was then owned and run by the father of a local teacher Mrs Ida Street (nee Smith). The Smith family owned the farm till...
By Gary Congram
On 25/08/2020
GWENDOBO
GWENDOBO
A house on the Hullbridge plotlands
Dave Whiffen has given you one scenario re Smith's Farm I will give you another. Today's Hullbridge at the time you are talking about was split in two. Hullbridge itself was a community down...
By Gary Congram
On 25/08/2020
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
Hi Shaun. I remember Les very well. Passionate about all things plastic. For sure he could smell plastic melt blindfolded and could identify what type it was. I do not think anyone could get as...
By Suzie
On 25/08/2020
Memories of Gusted Hall by Andrew Kyd
Memories of Gusted Hall by Andrew Kyd
Regarding the naming,  in modern Danish "grus" means "gravel", and "sted" is "place", so quite possibly it's of Viking origin. Thank you so much for sharing your memories! ...
By Daen De Leon
On 25/08/2020
An Interview with Len Bickford - Pt 2
An Interview with Len Bickford - Pt 2
I found Len Bickford’s interview very nostalgic as I also lived in Rochord (Mornington Avenue) at this time and am sure that Len and I were in the same class at both Secondary and Primary...
By Dennis Challis
On 25/08/2020
Rochford Hospital
Rochford Hospital
Over 150 years of caring for the sick and elderly
Hi I was born at the hospital in February 1965 was there an American nurse or midwife working at the time... I’ve been told several versions of how I got my name... one being my parents were...
By Tracy Elphick
On 25/08/2020
The Palmers of Rochford
The Palmers of Rochford
My understanding is from the Albert Bishop side of family, their was quite a few Bishops back then!...
By Shawn cain
On 25/08/2020
The Palmers of Rochford
The Palmers of Rochford
The Bishop’s are still here and strong, and so is the Cain’s....
By Shawn cain
On 25/08/2020
Riddle of The Foulness Sands
Riddle of The Foulness Sands
Stranded off Foulness but an adventure then commenced
Thank you for putting this story on the website, Bernard.  The sandbanks round Foulness and the estuary of the Thames and Crouch are notoriously dangerous.  You and the Beagle were...
By Sue Horncastle
On 25/08/2020
Hullbridge Postcards (9)
Hullbridge Postcards (9)
The Brickworks and Water Tower
In 1967/68 i was doing o level Geography. As i came from Hullbridge (my parents had the white bungalow opposite the free church) i did the history of the Hullbridge area as my project. While looking...
By T Jee
On 20/08/2020