North Street, Rochford

By Nathan Bell

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The Post Office and old shops in the 1960/70s, viewed from the Old Ship car park. The track beside the old Post Office is wider now to allow access to the parking and shops beyond. This was achieved by removing part of the first shop to the right of the track. It looks like the old bowed shop front has moved along the street to replace the Arthy shop front…

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This page was added by Nathan Bell on 26/04/2012.
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As many may know the Post Office was actually built as the police station in 1846 and served as such until 1919 when the newer one was opened.

It is known that smugglers were taken here by the customs officers and the two small original prison cells were still in place in the basement back in the early 1990’s, they probably still survive today. So it is perhaps unlikely that there were any smugglers tunnels.

The cannon, seen in the photo and still in place today, was set in the ground at the right hand corner of the Police Station to stop horse drawn carriages from damaging the building as they turned in. This cannon dates from the Napoleonic wars but it is said that it was in Rochford along with two others for the use of the customs officers. (I think the other two survive in private ownership in Hockley, but I could be wrong about this!)

By B Meldon
On 13/05/2014

I wonder if anyone else heard about the supposed "smugglers" tunnels around the town. One I was told ran from the cellar of the Old Ship towards the Post Office?

By Chris Jones
On 08/05/2014

As you went down the track Ferguson's slaughterhouse was on the right. A bit further down it widened out with Fance's slaughterhouse, chillers, hide store, and stables on the left. Rome & Bishops stores and metal workshops and yard on the right

By Graham Lewis
On 13/04/2013

I made a note in 1972 that Rome & Bishops was in North Street next to Fergusons Butcher's shop but, now, I only remember them as being in the Market Square, which I also noted , at the time. These 'notes' are in my copy of the Rochford Town Centre Consultation Plan of 1972, so quite old...

By Nathan Bell
On 27/05/2012

The track as above used to lead down to the storage sheds etc for Rome & Bishops. My Dad used to keep some of his things in a lock up there.In the mornings(back in the 1950's) the workmen used to come from there carrying their tools etc on handcarts, as did my Dad.

By Len Bickford
On 11/05/2012
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