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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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Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
A history of one of the first radar stations
I see one of your contributors, Kathleen McLeod, died recently. She was stationed at Canewdon and then Gt Bromley, tracking V2 rockets, and was a real expert on the subject. She was interviewed in...
By julian foynes
On 28/09/2021
Lesney Matchbox in Rochford
Lesney Matchbox in Rochford
I landed in Hackney in 1977 in the Throwbridge Estate, my mother told me to go down and look for a job in Matchbox Lesney, so I went down on a Friday and was told to start on Monday, could not...
By Tony byrne
On 28/09/2021
The honest Peculiar People
The honest Peculiar People
An unusual Christian sect
For anyone interested in the Peculiar People: I have just published a biography of the preacher John Sirgood called 'Sirgood A River of Living Water' which also tells the full story of the...
By John Cochrane
On 08/09/2021
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Lambs Brickfields, Rayleigh
Some history and memories
Very interesting, I played in the park as a kid in the late 90s and always wondered what those buildings were and why they were in the middle of a housing estate. Thanks for publishing the info...
By Jimmy
On 08/09/2021
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 Aunt and Grandfather were killed in the V2 bombing in Rayleigh on the 14th November 1944 so the record here is incorrect....
By Marion Stanton
On 08/09/2021
Old Secondary School, Rocheway
Old Secondary School, Rocheway
My memories
Yes I was at the old school in the early 1960's and moved to the new Ashingdon School for my last two years.  Symes Jennings French Longhurst  are teachers I remember. The old school...
By John Stringer
On 08/09/2021
Old Secondary School, Rocheway
Old Secondary School, Rocheway
My memories
Yes I remember Mr Sykes @ French . The English teacher was good but name escapes me . My old name maiden name was Lutterloch ...
By Heather Wing
On 08/09/2021
Rochford Union Workhouse
Rochford Union Workhouse
Hi,  I am researching my great grandmother, Florence E Elcock, born in Canewdon in 1886.  I have one record from the 1901 (31.04.1901) census stating that she is 14 and an inmate of the...
By SamO
On 08/09/2021
What's New
What's New
Hello. My Grandmother Rose Amos and Mother Vera Amos ran a Tearoom at 61 West Street Rochford and I was raised there for a few years after my birth at Rochford Hospital. I would like to have some...
By Rosemary Arthur
On 08/09/2021
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