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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
Rocheway School - II
Rocheway School - II
More memories
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
Evening Echo Archive 03
Evening Echo Archive 03
Bygone snippets and high quality photos from the paper
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"
My memories
My memories
... pre Purdys estate
Evening Echo Archive 01
Evening Echo Archive 01
Bygone snippets and high quality photos from the paper
Southend Airport
Southend Airport
The Golden Viscount arrives
School Attendance Certificates
School Attendance Certificates
Stambridge Primary 1924 and 1925
Canewdon Fayre
Canewdon Fayre
First one, in 1984
Roger Burroughs
Roger Burroughs
Foulness Farmer
Millenium Sculpture
Millenium Sculpture
What and where
A Rochford Clock
A Rochford Clock
"John Gullock"
60th Birthday this week
60th Birthday this week
4th Rochford Scout Group
1953 Floods
1953 Floods
60th Anniversary Memories
My Rochford
My Rochford
A rhyming story
Ve Day 1945
Ve Day 1945
Rochford celebrations
G F Harrod
G F Harrod
A well known Peculiar Person
Peter Taylor - A Life In Business
Peter Taylor - A Life In Business
Part 2 - Taylors of Hockley Ltd.
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The honest Peculiar People
The honest Peculiar People
An unusual Christian sect
just interested...
By ken bridges
On 01/11/2018
Rocheway School - II
Rocheway School - II
More memories
An interesting article about the school I have many happy memories and attended 1955 to 1959. I was deputy head boy from September to Christmas and then head boy from then until leaving in July of...
By John Moreton
On 01/11/2018
North Street, Rochford
North Street, Rochford
My Father Bas Carter's pal was Dave Gunn who was for many years one of the mainstays in the workshop of R & B....
By Peter Carter
On 28/10/2018
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
As a Matchbox collector, it would be great to hear from former Lesney workers on our forum: http://www.vintagebritishdiecasts.co.uk/forum/index.php Any memories or st...
By john shearwood
On 28/10/2018
A Rochford Clock
A Rochford Clock
"John Gullock"
Hi Trevor, very interesting and we would be pleased to see a photo of your clock. You cannot add photos to a comment - nobody can - but if you send one to me as an email attachment I'll add it to...
By Bob Stephen
On 18/10/2018
A Rochford Clock
A Rochford Clock
"John Gullock"
Thanks to blind luck, I stumbled across a John Gullock clock. Having read this article, I was compelled to bring it back to Canewdon, his son’s former home. If I knew how, I’d post a...
By Trevor Buffett
On 18/10/2018
Raypits life years ago
Raypits life years ago
Myrtle Doe's story
Sorry Bob, I inadvertently left 1995 off the end of Aunt Mart’s story. I must admit I struggled over wear (we are) etc as my purpose was to write it as Aunt Mart (Myrtle) spoke/wrote. ...
By Peter Cottis
On 08/10/2018
Raypits life years ago
Raypits life years ago
Myrtle Doe's story
Great story Peter, I might break it into the two obvious parts -  will ask my partner to have a look. Just struck me would be interesting to know when it was written. We moved in after he...
By Bob Stephen
On 08/10/2018
Rochford Hospital Boiler House
Rochford Hospital Boiler House
From Boilers to Bedrooms!
In response to a query from Jennifer Jackson in 2012, see below. RDCA Admin. I knew Maureen Gaunt she lived in the nurses home at Southend General Hospital and was a theatre nurse.  I believe...
By Peter Cottis
On 06/10/2018
Chapman and André's Map of Essex 1777
Chapman and André's Map of Essex 1777
High resolution maps in B&W
Hi Tim, sorry about the late publication of the comment immediately below - it came about 10 days ago. I've had nightmare experiences with Windows 10 and Linux Mint that are now past so I've...
By Bob Stephen
On 26/09/2018
Chapman and André's Map of Essex 1777
Chapman and André's Map of Essex 1777
High resolution maps in B&W
Hello Brian, Bob and RDCA readers, I have produced 'Version 2' of the Map of Essex 1777 based on the original 18th-century atlas of twenty-five engraved sheets. This open access online...
By Tim Fransen
On 26/09/2018
Home Guard 1939-1945
Home Guard 1939-1945
Barling, Wakering, Sutton & Shopland
If my memory has it right the brother and sister who sang & danced at the library were Brian & Norma Hills, their father's name was Norman, in 1949 he was a painter....
By Peter D Cottis
On 17/09/2018
Chequers Pub, Canewdon
Chequers Pub, Canewdon
This info came from Ancestry - the 1939 England and Wales Register George R Whybrow in the 1939 England and Wales Register. Name: George R Whybrow Gender: Male Marital Status: Married Birth Date...
By Peter D Cottis
On 17/09/2018
Chequers Pub, Canewdon
Chequers Pub, Canewdon
You may well have seen this list Robert but just in case you haven't. Year/Publican or other Resident/Relationship to Head and or Occupation/Age/Where Born/Source. 1828-9/John Wright/../....
By Peter D Cottis
On 17/09/2018
James Bridge
James Bridge
a Father and a Son
Hello Richard, I don't know why he wanted the ferry on this particular occasion but as I understand it, a customer would sound the bell, which would carry to the opposite bank and a passenger...
By Peter D Cottis
On 17/09/2018
LIFE AT BUTLERS - COMPLETE ARTICLE
LIFE AT BUTLERS - COMPLETE ARTICLE
Martin Edgar's Story
Hi, If you wish to add specific comments to Martin's magnum opus could you please find the relevant chapters and put them there. OK obviously for anyone to post general comments here about t...
By Bob Stephen
On 15/09/2018
Nicknames
Nicknames
Nicknames of local characters in Rochford and surrounds
Nicknames of people who lived or worked in Canewdon compiled by Aunt Mart 1996: Shirt / Nard / Mart also Hod Ne Dod / Buster / Blossom / Wink / Pod / Chude / Dart...
By Peter D Cottis
On 14/09/2018
Home Guard 1939-1945
Home Guard 1939-1945
Barling, Wakering, Sutton & Shopland
Back in the 50's when I was about 12 my mate Graham & myself used to listen to a brother & sister roughly the same age as us singing, dancing & playing the piano in the adjoining room...
By Peter D Cottis
On 11/09/2018
GWENDOBO
GWENDOBO
A house on the Hullbridge plotlands
My Grandparents bought 3 plots of land in the late 1920's in Burnham Road, Hullbridge. Initially they used it as a weekend retreat travelling from London, but in 1930 built a permanent house...
By Barry Gates
On 11/09/2018
James Bridge
James Bridge
a Father and a Son
As an interesting side note to this is Huntley Bacon as listed as James Bridge’s employer at Apton Hall.He described himself as a ‘Lieutenant-Colonel’ but there is no record of him...
By B Meldon
On 11/09/2018
Witchcraft Part 2
Witchcraft Part 2
Canewdon
Eric Maple’s ‘evidence’ and accounts of witchcraft in Canewdon are somewhat in doubt. You can judge for yourself bearing in mind the following: For a start all the locals that told...
By B Meldon
On 11/09/2018
Grandfather Cottis
Grandfather Cottis
at the Creeksea signal post
Obviously, this photo was taken on the north side of the River Crouch, so not strictly in the Rochford district.There is a much re-built property on the site of the Greyhound. I think it closed as a...
By B Meldon
On 11/09/2018
Chequers Pub, Canewdon
Chequers Pub, Canewdon
Any record of Robert Whybrow as landlord 1920's - 30's?...
By Lesley Taylor
On 31/08/2018
East St.
East St.
Fred Matthews shop
I have some happy memories of Fred Mathews shop. My brother and I were taken there to buy sweets and to have our haircut. I remember being lifted up and sat on a flat board to have my locks reduced....
By Peter D Cottis
On 25/08/2018
Evening Echo Archive 02
Evening Echo Archive 02
Bygone snippets and high quality photos from the paper
My fondest memory of Mr Baltrop in his office when I explained that I had left my football boots at the bus stop at Brays Lane. He gave me two pennies to go back on the next bus and get them. So...
By Richard Hall
On 19/08/2018
Horners Corner, Rochford
Horners Corner, Rochford
Then and now
In the third photo of Horners, this used to be called the slaughter house, it was right opposite from my grandfather's cobblers shop at 6 East street....
By Richard Hall
On 19/08/2018
Brian Pettitt's Photos
Brian Pettitt's Photos
Rochford
Really good to see these old photos, is that Fergusons the butchers to the right of Arthy's bakers?  ...
By Richard Hall
On 19/08/2018
James Bridge
James Bridge
a Father and a Son
Peter How very interesting about James Bridge, gamekeeper license £2 way back then! What the signal used for by your grandfather.? Richard     Co op chemists ...
By Richard Hall
On 19/08/2018
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
Chain Home, RAF Canewdon
A history of one of the first radar stations
Hope you'll permit this, but may I suggest some corrections to your info based on many years' research into the relevant files at Kew and Hendon, correspondence with veterans, etc? 1)The 4th...
By julian foynes
On 19/08/2018
Nicknames
Nicknames
Nicknames of local characters in Rochford and surrounds
I remember old George Kilworth, aka Rhubub, and Roozy trotting along East Street, Rochford in my youth.  My Nan lived at 3 East Street next to Mathews they were pulled down c1959, I have a photo...
By Peter Cottis
On 30/07/2018
Holt Farm (Hawkwell Holt) School
Holt Farm (Hawkwell Holt) School
Photos and names from the 60s
Ha! So many names that I recognise after all these years! I hope you’re all well. Regards, Keith...
By Keith Huewen
On 30/07/2018
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
I currently own a locomotive that worked at Cherry Orchard Brickworks and Star Lane Brickworks. After extensive research it has lead me into finding the name of a gentleman going by Eric Killworth....
By Sam Willett
On 30/07/2018
Rochford Hospital
Rochford Hospital
Over 150 years of caring for the sick and elderly
I found your interview with Mrs Locke interesting. I worked as a nurse at Rochford Hospital in 1955....
By Jackie Durling
On 23/07/2018
The honest Peculiar People
The honest Peculiar People
An unusual Christian sect
Hi, thanks for the article. My family history also leads back to the Rochford / Daws Heath area and some were a part of the Peculiar People. Love to get in touch with anyone else looking into the...
By Gill Grigg
On 23/07/2018
George Edward EVANS
George Edward EVANS
Information Sought
I consent to the use of my email address....
By Keith Evans
On 14/07/2018
The honest Peculiar People
The honest Peculiar People
An unusual Christian sect
My Mum's dad Clifford Sydney Harvey b 1895, d 1928 in Lexden Essex was a Peculiar lay preacher in Stanway. He was a conscientious objector during WW1 and served in a non-combat Regiment. He was...
By Raymond Fletcher
On 05/07/2018
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
As a child I lived in Rectory Road, I knew quite a few people in Sweyne Avenue and some people in both roads still live in the area. I will ask if they recall their names. In the mean time this may...
By Patricia James
On 30/06/2018
North Street, Rochford
North Street, Rochford
My Great Grandfather was a partner in Bishop and Rome, I saw the store in 1972 and I think it was in Market Square. But that was a long time ago. Been researching the Bishop family tree, I remember...
By susanne(bishop)pitt
On 19/06/2018
The Palmers of Rochford
The Palmers of Rochford
Hi. I have also been researching the Bishop family tree (my maiden name). My grandfather was Oswald Arthur Bishop, and his father was Arthur. Both born in Rochford Essex. My grandfather emigated to...
By susanne
On 19/06/2018
Pubs and their Inmates - 1
Pubs and their Inmates - 1
The Chequers, Rayleigh
Interested to hear any more tales of Gwen at The Chequers as she was my Great Aunt & I have only just recently become aware of her existence!...
By Viv Spencer
On 12/06/2018
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
I live at 118 Rectory Rd, Glencot, an old detached cottage next to Magnolia Park. I thought it was Georgian, but have no records before 1950s, and according to the maps it only appeared in 1940s, so...
By Kathy Smith
On 29/05/2018
Exceptional Rayleigh Characters
Exceptional Rayleigh Characters
A dozen - never to be forgotten
I remember Albert Cable, always in the High Street struggling to walk with his two sticks. I also seem to remember that I was told he had polio which resulted in his disability....
By Jennifer Fance
On 18/05/2018
Rochford Market
Rochford Market
A brief history
In your "Lucky Dip" feature you mention a man called "Shumper" Brown, I used to play with Shumper as we were both living in the same road and attended the same school, I would be very keen to contact...
By Brian Affleck
On 12/05/2018
Chapman and André's Map of Essex 1777
Chapman and André's Map of Essex 1777
High resolution maps in B&W
It would have been quite a shock seeing the original engravings for the first time if you have only ever seen the later copies.The originals are truly stunning in the amount and clarity of detail...
By Brian Meldon
On 10/05/2018
Chapman and André's Map of Essex 1777
Chapman and André's Map of Essex 1777
High resolution maps in B&W
Hello Brian, Bob and RDCA readers, thank you for your comments – good to know you’re enjoying the digital map and finding it useful. You'll be pleased to know I now have access to...
By Tim Fransen
On 04/05/2018
Chapman and André's Map of Essex 1777
Chapman and André's Map of Essex 1777
High resolution maps in B&W
Maybe so Brian but the detail still looks impressive. I had a quick look around the net and found this: http://www.chapmanandremapofessex.co.uk/ which turns out to be anothe...
By Bob Stephen
On 03/05/2018
Chapman and André's Map of Essex 1777
Chapman and André's Map of Essex 1777
High resolution maps in B&W
Very useful thanks for the link. It is a shame that he had to use the 1950 re-print and was not able to use an original 1777 printing. The original that was printed with the original copper plates...
By B Meldon
On 03/05/2018
Britain's first airfield
Britain's first airfield
On June 20th 1936 a biplane crashed into trees over Ashingdon church. Are there any photos of this event and who was the pilot?...
By Peter Frier
On 03/05/2018
The honest Peculiar People
The honest Peculiar People
An unusual Christian sect
I understand that one of my husband's ancestors was a Peculiar People preacher. He was Charles Shelley born 1858 in Rochford workhouse to Rachel Shelley,  born Hawkwell died Thundersley. ...
By Susan daniels
On 29/04/2018
Rochford Union Workhouse
Rochford Union Workhouse
On my grandmother's birth certificate the address of her mother is Rochford House Rochford, the year is 1917. Would this be the work house?...
By Jackie
On 29/04/2018