My memories

... pre Purdys estate

By Trevor Pastfield

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I was born in Rochford Hospital in 1953, my parents lived at The Bungalow, Tinkers Lane. This was part of Purdys Farm, where my father worked, previously this had been a brickworks.

I went to Rochford primary school, the Headmaster was Mr Barltrop, his wife was a teacher, she taught me in the infants.

We had to leave Rochford in 1964 when Purdys farm was sold for redevelopment.

This page was added by Trevor Pastfield on 01/06/2017.
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John Cater (known as Jonny) was my dad's boss at the farm, they kept all types of fowl and rabbits, most of what they grew there were market garden crops. John used to be a keen naturalist and also a model railway enthusiast. I believe he moved to North Fambridge when the farm was sold.

By Trevor Pastfield
On 23/12/2017

My Aunt and Uncle, John & Phyliss Cater lived in Purdeys farmhouse. I remember being shown an entrance to a tunnel which was accessible by a trapdoor under the floorboards and was believed to have been used by smugglers to to river Roach. Sadly it was not passable.

By Jennifer Roughton
On 14/12/2017

In 1923, my mother's sister, Rosaline Chittock, died of diphtheria in the Isolation Hospital, sited on what is now, Purdeys Industrial Estate.

Where was that hospital sited?  At that time, Purdeys was in the district of Eastwood.

By Dave Wall
On 26/06/2017

I returned to Rochford in 1971 to work with The James Abbot Partnership (formerly Offin and Rumsey) as an auctioneers clerk. My brother Stephen, worked for Rankins, on their pig farm at Stambridge.

By Trevor Pastfield
On 05/06/2017
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