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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
Tudor Queen Productions
Tudor Queen Productions
An active amateur dramatic group
Evening Echo Archive 02
Evening Echo Archive 02
Bygone snippets and high quality photos from the paper
Rebels Lane
Rebels Lane
"Taking the biscuit"
The latest comments from this site

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Canewdon Photos
Canewdon Photos
The Anchor
Delightful photos!...
By Erica White
On 09/03/2020
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
A history of one of the first radar stations
Hello, We are looking to film the Chain home radar systems as part of a WWII documentary we're making for UK TV. Does anybody know who owns the land where they were previously located? Any help or...
By corinna white
On 09/03/2020
LIFE AT BUTLERS - COMPLETE ARTICLE
LIFE AT BUTLERS - COMPLETE ARTICLE
Martin Edgar's Story
Martin Edgar wanted me to pass the following information on to you Keith about your uncle Frank. Sad and uplifting at the same time don't you think. Regards Bob Stephen. I see that Walter's...
By Bob Stephen
On 27/02/2020
LIFE AT BUTLERS - COMPLETE ARTICLE
LIFE AT BUTLERS - COMPLETE ARTICLE
Martin Edgar's Story
Martin has asked me to pass on details of Frank's shooting down over Germany. I can't get at the exact text he sent me at the moment but when I do I'll paste it in here. The essence is...
By Bob Stephen
On 20/02/2020
Canewdon Photos
Canewdon Photos
The Anchor
It would take me too long to do every photo.  Perhaps the details of just the first photo will show just how much information there is. This first photo of the Anchor dates from about 1910. The...
By Brian Meldon
On 08/02/2020
The honest Peculiar People
The honest Peculiar People
An unusual Christian sect
Hello, I am a descendant as well. My gg-grandfather was Charles Shelley. I have created a fb group if you wish to join so we can all collaborate information together. I will attach the link below or...
By Leanne Adams
On 08/02/2020
The honest Peculiar People
The honest Peculiar People
An unusual Christian sect
I was hoping to find out more about the Peculiar People's church.  One of my ancestors was a preacher at their church in Daws Heath Road, it is now an Evangelical church but the grave of my...
By Alison Peel
On 23/01/2020
Sutton Church
Sutton Church
I seem to remember that there was a brass memorial in the floor of Sutton Church, later lifted for safety and put on a board. As I remember it, the brass was of Sir William (?) le Bottellier, clad in...
By Martin Edgar
On 05/01/2020
G F Harrod
G F Harrod
A well known Peculiar Person
I have in my possession the commemorative Reminiscences of the Burial of Daniel Tansley from 1897.  I have been trying to find a picture of the Peculiar Chapel in Church Street, Canning Town....
By Robert Rush
On 30/12/2019
The honest Peculiar People
The honest Peculiar People
An unusual Christian sect
I wish to find information about The Peculiar People's Church. Do any early records of members exist and does the church still function?  Any information will be welcome.  Many thanks....
By michael watts
On 30/12/2019
Sutton Church
Sutton Church
It's Philip 'Benton' not 'Benson'. Please amend. Thanks....
By Ian Yearsley
On 30/12/2019
BannerImages
BannerImages
I am the daughter of Mr & Mrs Wallis Roughton. RDCA Admin: Jennifer has put several posts on the site, see here for one example. If anyone has information about any of ...
By Jennifer Roughton
On 11/12/2019
Assistance required, from way back !!
Assistance required, from way back !!
A Reynolds or Raynolds farm in Shopland
Hi,  Thank you for your help. I have actually found the answer to my enquiry now. The name of the farm changed to Fox Hall. It was in a book on the history of the Rochford Hundred. Kind...
By Laura Adkins
On 02/12/2019
Nicknames
Nicknames
Nicknames of local characters in Rochford and surrounds
My Great Grandfather Frederick Smith (born 1884) was a farm labourer/thatcher working in Rochford/Ashingdon/Paglesham/Wakering. His nickname was Chogger.  His son, my Grandfather, born in 1918...
By Richard Wilson
On 28/11/2019
Lesney Matchbox in Rochford
Lesney Matchbox in Rochford
My Mother who was at the time named either Miss Jennifer Irene Mabel Harper or Mrs Jennifer Irene Mable Knight, worked at Lesney Matchbox Rockford in the mid to late 1970's. I understand she...
By Justin knight
On 13/11/2019
Exceptional Rayleigh Characters
Exceptional Rayleigh Characters
A dozen - never to be forgotten
I remember Albert Cable. Always down the station with the lads that worked there. He also sold the Evening Echo from there as well. Used to amaze me how he got about as he looked in pain with every...
By Tony Rowe
On 13/11/2019
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
I can remember that I took the short cut through the Brick Fields at Shoeburyness from Elm Road to go to Hinguar Street School, that was back in 1954. Some friends introduced in about 1958...
By Terry Blackmore
On 13/11/2019
The Shepherd & Dog, Ballards Gore
The Shepherd & Dog, Ballards Gore
I remember this pub quite well having grown up in nearby Canewdon in the late sixties and early seventies. It originally had a thatched roof, up to about 1971-2 when a fire destroyed it and part of...
By Tony Gaffney
On 24/10/2019
A Paglesham Violin-Maker
A Paglesham Violin-Maker
Hello Ellisa. Thank you for your question. I wrote this article and have extensively researched the history of William Atkinson and his violin making. But I can tell you that I have found nothing in...
By Ron Atkinson
On 24/10/2019
Southend Airport
Southend Airport
The Golden Viscount arrives
My wife and I married on 02.10.1965 and flew, on a Golden Viscount, from Southend to Majorca for a two week honeymoon!  We paid £48 each.  It took over 4hours.  Happy Days!!...
By Eric Coares
On 10/10/2019
About Barling
About Barling
Barling Windmill was run by my Great Great Grandfather H Manning from 1880 until his death in 1901...
By Graham Lewis
On 03/10/2019
My memories
My memories
... pre Purdys estate
I also remember Johnny and Mrs Cater. He had a working model of the locomotive Evening Star which I believe was 10" gauge, which he could power up by compressed air. One of the barns in his yard at...
By Graham Lewis
On 03/10/2019
Rochford Market
Rochford Market
A brief history
In reply to Caroline Copping's comment: I have pictures of Auctioneers selling in Rochford. Thomas William Offin, Richard Hilliard and W Speakman. In 1954 Mr Speakman came out of retirement to...
By Graham Lewis
On 03/10/2019
George and Dragon, Churchend
George and Dragon, Churchend
Hi, I’m ancester of the Bennewith family and have decided to start a Bennewith Ancester group on fb. All welcome....
By Debbie semple
On 18/09/2019
Local Floods Make National News
Local Floods Make National News
The photo of two people in a boat is my brother and I. ...
By Ken
On 18/09/2019
Rochford Union Workhouse
Rochford Union Workhouse
Hi, My great grandmother Caroline Rosina Chiddicks was listed as living here in 1960 when she died. Had Connaught House become an old peoples residence then or maybe a hospice? Thanks Paul...
By Paul Chiddicks
On 18/09/2019
Rochford Hospital
Rochford Hospital
Over 150 years of caring for the sick and elderly
What a great insight of history, I was born in the hospital 20/12/1967, & lived in Hockley!...
By Garry Crocker
On 18/09/2019
Rochford Union Workhouse
Rochford Union Workhouse
Hello Michael. The only thing I can suggest is that you contact the Essex Record Office at Chelmsford to see if they have any detailed records for that period. Presumably, you have already looked at...
By Sue Horncastle
On 06/09/2019
North Street, Rochford
North Street, Rochford
I'm hoping you can give me some ideas of where to look to add some detail to my family history research. I am related to Thomas Shead Wilks who lived on Pulpits Farm on 1881 census. He is my...
By Gemma Jones
On 01/09/2019
Rochford Union Workhouse
Rochford Union Workhouse
Sir, My sister and I have been researching our family genealogy since 1994 which is made a great deal more difficult by the fact that we could only go back 2 generations. Having hit a great deal of...
By Michael Dixon
On 01/09/2019
The Anchor Pub, South Fambridge
The Anchor Pub, South Fambridge
I wonder if the pub was frequented by the workers who dug the well for the pumping station in South Fambridge? Or who subsequently kept the coal fired steam pump operating to bring fresh water to the...
By Lesley
On 26/08/2019
Tudor Queen Productions
Tudor Queen Productions
An active amateur dramatic group
I was a member of the Tudor Queen group & am in the process of digitizing many images from the 60's & early 70's. I also have scripts & memorabilia from productions. When they are...
By John Simmons
On 21/08/2019
Memories of Hullbridge (1)
Memories of Hullbridge (1)
Good afternoon. Firstly  I must say I am so excited to find this page!! I am currently sitting at my mum's having a cup of tea; Mum is 92 now. We were discussing my late father (Edgar...
By Diane Swinscoe
On 18/08/2019
James Banyard
James Banyard
A Very Peculiar Preacher
Hi there  That William Bridges, he set it up with my 4 times great uncle. His niece that’s mentioned in Williams Wikipedia, Maria Syer, is my 2 times great grandma and her husband William...
By Joe syer
On 18/08/2019
Hullbridge Postcards (4)
Hullbridge Postcards (4)
Ferry Road in the 1900's
Hi all, Removed photos are now back. Enjoy and make copies if you wish. Email the site if you need instructions on how to get at full sized versions of the small images shown. Regards, Bob...
By Bob Stephen
On 14/08/2019
Hullbridge Postcards (4)
Hullbridge Postcards (4)
Ferry Road in the 1900's
Hullbridge Postcards 5 to 7 have been removed from the site - see below for an explanation ... Back in 2013 I uploaded several contributions containing postcard photos by a Mr A. Cook to the...
By Bob Stephen
On 14/08/2019
Britain's first airfield
Britain's first airfield
Hi, I have just come across this thread when researching about Fambridge Airfield. I have seen the enquiry from Sandra Harris. I have got the records she was asking about. If you can pass my e mail...
By Eric Simonelli
On 14/08/2019
A Rochford Clock
A Rochford Clock
"John Gullock"
It occurred to me that the name Gullock might be a mis-spelling (there is a local family by the name of Gullick) so I did a quick check on the internet and came up with the name ...
By John Emberson-admin
On 12/08/2019
A Rochford Clock
A Rochford Clock
"John Gullock"
I am a retired clock dealer and have owned quite a few Gullock clocks. I would like to make contact with Kevin John Gullock who is trying to compile a family tree. Regards, Bob Alps...
By R.Alps
On 12/08/2019
Southend Airport
Southend Airport
The Golden Viscount arrives
Note to Vince re. your message on 31/01/2018 There is a potted history about Rochford Aerodrome in this page in the Southend Timeline website: https://www.southendtimeli...
By Geoff Gonella
On 01/08/2019
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
A history of one of the first radar stations
I was stationed at Gt Bromley from November 1971 until November 1973. I was the last to leave the site as manned. I took this video of them pulling down a tower in 1972. I posted it on YouTube....
By Michael Snead
On 26/07/2019
My Rochford
My Rochford
A rhyming story
Ooh then we are distant relatives! Alice and Violet were sisters to George Arthur who is my Mum's Grandad. I've been researching them for a while and trying to learn more about them. My...
By Gemma Woods
On 12/07/2019
Ve Day 1945
Ve Day 1945
Rochford celebrations
i think that Mrs. Moss is the lady holding a child in her arms stood behind the lady with the black turban on, and also on the right hand side of the photo again holding a small child is Mrs Tarsker....
By Sandra kershaw
On 09/07/2019
Brian Pettitt's Photos
Brian Pettitt's Photos
Rochford
Yes Richard, that is Ferguson the butcher's. You could get the best sausages from there. ...
By Sandra Kershaw
On 08/07/2019
My Rochford
My Rochford
A rhyming story
Miss Marven who owned the cook shop in West Street was my grandmother's sister and her name was alice, I remember her little shop very well with lovely memories of both the shop and of her she...
By Sandra kershaw
On 04/07/2019
Britain's first airfield
Britain's first airfield
Hi Sandra. We don't have any further information about your enquiry as we are purely an information exchange website. Might be worth you having a look at the website given on the Fambridge...
By Bob Stephen
On 04/07/2019
Britain's first airfield
Britain's first airfield
I am doing some research for my South African nephew and have just found out he was a pilot at RFC/RAF Rochford in the 1st World War. He was South African and came over to fight for this country. ...
By Sandra Harris
On 04/07/2019
Memories of Hullbridge (2)
Memories of Hullbridge (2)
Not a memory, but trying to help my Dad, Brian Stanley, who believes his Grandfather Charles Stanley, lived in Rochford and died in 1954, he was last registered at Warsash The Promenade, Rochford,...
By Jackie Stanley
On 27/06/2019
Evening Echo Archive 03
Evening Echo Archive 03
Bygone snippets and high quality photos from the paper
I am trying to help my Dad who now lives in Cheltenham, he is in his 80's, and he believes his Grandfather Charles Stanley died in 1954. He understands that there was a Theodore Stanley, and the...
By Jackie Stanley
On 27/06/2019
My Rochford
My Rochford
A rhyming story
I'd be interested to know if your Miss Marven in the tea shop is one of my Great Grandfather's sisters. I think it was Aunty Em as she was known in our family. Is there any other detail you...
By Gemma
On 24/06/2019