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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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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
Rawreth Gunsite and POW Camp
Rawreth Gunsite and POW Camp
Recollections on its layout and usage
I remember on many occasion in the early sixties my friends and I would use one of the gun emplacements as our "wall of death" on our pushbikes, if you got up some speed on the parapet of the '...
By Steve Donoghue
On 20/08/2020
Rochford Union Workhouse
Rochford Union Workhouse
Both thanks for your comments yes we have looked at the various records and drawn a blank. We were / are hoping for a family connection somewhere to help with our search  Yours...
By Michael T Dixon
On 26/06/2020
Rochford Hospital
Rochford Hospital
Over 150 years of caring for the sick and elderly
Found this very interesting I was born in Rochford Hospital 1951. It is nice to know a little on its history....
By kathleen greet
On 26/06/2020
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
Hi. My mum worked at Matchbox during '74 around November time her name was Ettie (Patty).  If anybody remembers her please contact me by E mail elliottbrittain819@gmail.com...
By Elliott Brittain
On 26/06/2020
Memories of Gusted Hall by Andrew Kyd
Memories of Gusted Hall by Andrew Kyd
Joy Thomas nee Lang, I am really interested to find out more about the smallholding you mentioned of your friend's parents Jo and Edna May!  Can you remember the exact location of the...
By Gina Castellanos
On 26/06/2020
Memories of Gusted Hall by Andrew Kyd
Memories of Gusted Hall by Andrew Kyd
I was in same class as Mary Kyd at Greensward School.  Heard she was in Canada, as I am also. Anyone have any contact info ?...
By Annette Masters
On 26/06/2020
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
I worked at Lesney's Rochford 1973-79 as bus & lorry driver & remember some of the names mentioned,good days but long hours.  ...
By Douglas Webb.
On 26/06/2020
Roughton's Garage, Rochford
Roughton's Garage, Rochford
Cars and bikes in South Street
As boy in the 1950s I used to take my dad's radio acculmulater to be charged walking from Stambridge Rd. I would then pick-up a few days later....
By Terence Buckingham.
On 24/06/2020
Ruth's Story
Ruth's Story
Country life in the mid 20th century
My name is Brian Perry, I lived on the Camp between 1946 and 1953 when we moved to Great Wakering. I can remember the gun pits and the air raid shelter/bunker at the top of the field. I started my...
By Brian Perry
On 06/06/2020
Graves at Little Stambridge Hall
Graves at Little Stambridge Hall
Hello, I am a descendant of the Harridge family who lived in Stambridge Hall. A lot of my family are buried in the grounds and nearby church.  ...
By John Harridge
On 02/06/2020
Retirement of Nurse Millard 1971
Retirement of Nurse Millard 1971
My husband was delivered by nurse Millard in June 49. I was delivered in September 49. She then delivered our son in 70 then a daughter in 71. She told me David was one of her first and Kylie almost...
By Janet Orsler
On 02/06/2020
Memories of Gusted Hall by Andrew Kyd
Memories of Gusted Hall by Andrew Kyd
I believe Caroline who appears on the gravestone is my 3rd great-grandmother....
By S Voller
On 02/06/2020
A Veteran from 1906 at Little Wakering
A Veteran from 1906 at Little Wakering
Does anyone remember?
Hi I hired this car off your father-in-law in 1986 for our wedding. At the time he had a golden retriever or might have been a Labrador and when he started the car it jumped in the passenger seat and...
By Nikk Cordell
On 02/06/2020
A lost Fambridge
A lost Fambridge
Fambridge Hall circa 1890
I am the grandson of James Crawford and the great-grandson of Hugh Crawford. Together with my parents I moved into South Fambridge Hall in November 1949 (having spent the first 13 months of my life...
By S K Pudney
On 02/06/2020
Sutton Church
Sutton Church
The brass depicts Sir Thomas Stapel who was Sergeant at Arms to Edward III  in armour such as he would have worn at the Battle of Crecy. I seem to remember it being moved when I was a child, Dad...
By Jamie Popplewell
On 02/05/2020
Ruth's Story
Ruth's Story
Country life in the mid 20th century
Fascinating article, on a subject close to my heart. Many childhood memories of Butlers Farm during the summer holidays, Bill & Pam such lovely people. My late mother (Doris) on the occasional...
By Jamie Popplewell
On 02/05/2020
Canewdon Photos
Canewdon Photos
The Anchor
If the date of the first photograph is c.1910 and the gentleman standing in the doorway of the Anchor is John Buxton then he is my grandfather. John (known as Jack ) Buxton was born in Canewdon in...
By John Buxton
On 29/04/2020
Ellen Byford (nee Baker)
Ellen Byford (nee Baker)
Two well known family lines came together
Hi Sam, Granny Byford was my Great grandmother. Yes I remember the fox in a box, the stove in the corner, the wine and the the monkey puzzle tree in the front garden. In fact as a very young kid I...
By Tony Allen
On 06/04/2020
Ruth's Story
Ruth's Story
Country life in the mid 20th century
Email from David Edgar via Martin Edgar Hello Martin, It is interesting to hear you have lodged your work at Rochford District Community Archive. I expect many people will find much of...
By Bob Stephen
On 29/03/2020
Ruth's Story
Ruth's Story
Country life in the mid 20th century
Email contribution from Martin Edgar Dear Bob, my circulation of the (site) link has flushed out the response (immediately above) from my brother David. The "Bill" mentioned there is my eldest...
By Bob Stephen
On 29/03/2020
Ruth's Story
Ruth's Story
Country life in the mid 20th century
Email contribution from Miles (Colin) Edgar. I am Miles Edgar, the youngest of the Edgars. All us boys look rather alike so if you can't tell Martin and me apart, rest assured. Our...
By Bob Stephen
On 29/03/2020