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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.
Peter Taylor - A Life in Business
Peter Taylor - A Life in Business
Part 1 - Early Days
The honest Peculiar People
The honest Peculiar People
An unusual Christian sect
A Lost Fambridge
A Lost Fambridge
The Crawford Family
A Life of Photographs
A Life of Photographs
The work of Samuel Saxby-Hill 1874-1961
Oldest Lady
Oldest Lady
Oldest Woman Member
Rochford Market
Rochford Market
A brief history
Historians from Paglesham
Historians from Paglesham
Images from February 1994
Holt Farm (Hawkwell Holt) School
Holt Farm (Hawkwell Holt) School
Photos and names from the 60s
Dinghy Adventure
Dinghy Adventure
A close shave for four lads
Rayleigh Firestation
Rayleigh Firestation
Snaps from the 60s
The Bells of Canewdon
The Bells of Canewdon
Church bells old and new
Rochford Hospital
Rochford Hospital
Over 150 years of caring for the sick and elderly
Shopland Church
Shopland Church
St Mary Magdalene
Paglesham VPA and Hockley Bell
Paglesham VPA and Hockley Bell
Anyone got more information about these ?
Sutton and Shopland
Sutton and Shopland
A brief history
The latest comments from this site

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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
Britain's first airfield
Britain's first airfield
Some fields do not connect....
By Peter Frier
On 29/04/2018
The honest Peculiar People
The honest Peculiar People
An unusual Christian sect
An earlier comment mentions the grave of William Thorrington. His grave is in Grays cemetery. It mentions he was an elder in the liberty section of the peculiar people and died in 1905. I noticed it...
By Clare Girling
On 08/04/2018
Memories of Hullbridge (2)
Memories of Hullbridge (2)
Hello, My grandfather and great grandfather had a butcher shop I’m guessing around  late 1800’s. They lived in Mermaid Stores ferry road Hullbridge. Name Frederick and Bernard...
By Michelle White
On 08/04/2018
Back Lane, Rochford
Back Lane, Rochford
In the 1950's I used to visit my great aunt and uncle who lived in a large house in South street. We never entered by the front door but instead went round To Back Lane and walked through a large...
By Janet Purdy
On 08/04/2018
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
I just stumbled across this website. A different era. Both my mum Diane Wood and her sister Barbara Dunmore worked there throughout the 1970s. It was quality time with my mum walking back after work...
By Lesley Avery (née wood)
On 30/03/2018
The honest Peculiar People
The honest Peculiar People
An unusual Christian sect
I was glad to come across this. I know very little about my ancestry and would love to find out more. My father lived in Rochford as a child- surname James, mother Caroline Lewin and her father...
By Peta Curtis
On 19/03/2018
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (1)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (1)
Part 1 of article
Reply to Tony Heart About Working at Matchbox Toys as a Teenager...
By Phil Peakman
On 08/03/2018
The Foulness Heritage Centre
The Foulness Heritage Centre
Hi there, will there be Heritage open days this year (2018)?...
By richard
On 08/03/2018
Rochford Hospital
Rochford Hospital
Over 150 years of caring for the sick and elderly
I hope you're doing well. I am trying to track down the Estate of Sister Jean Ward who was a nurse at Rochford General Hospital in the 1950s. Can anyone assist me?  Many thanks....
By Matt Delzell
On 08/03/2018
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
I would be interested in speaking to anyone who remembers my mum. The only information I have is from her birth certificate. Her name was Patricia Nancy Maud Purkiss, she was born in a bungalow...
By Beverley Wall
On 08/03/2018
Jackie Howarth's Memories of Hockley (Pt 1)
Jackie Howarth's Memories of Hockley (Pt 1)
Jackie Howarth, I enjoyed reading your articles. I would be interested if you are able to give a talk on the subject of HOCKLEY I belong to a local U3A  history group....
By Jean Drake
On 20/02/2018
The honest Peculiar People
The honest Peculiar People
An unusual Christian sect
Hello Dennis. I am wondering if you knew my grandmother, a member of The Salvation Army, Florence Cooper....
By Jennifer
On 20/02/2018
Southend Airport
Southend Airport
The Golden Viscount arrives
My granddad was employed in painting / repair / general maintenance at what was known as Rochford Aerodrome in WW2. He developed lung problems from inhaling too much dust from concrete mixing while...
By Vince
On 31/01/2018
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
Hi All.. I used to work at Lesneys in Carpenters Road Stratford from 73 till 76 (when it closed down) Then I did a year at lee Con until I left to go to Australia. Met my ex husband there who also...
By Barbara Russell-White (Nee Evett)
On 31/01/2018
Register on the site
Register on the site
I am interested in making contact with relatives of my grandfather, Herbert Sydney Reardon, who was born in 1904 in Rochford to James Reardon and Maria Caroline Southgate.  I know my...
By Peter John Lucas
On 31/01/2018
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
Just before Christmas 2017 I found a small painted rock left on our doorstep in Ashingdon, painted with the name "Garnet Stanley Montague Baldry". I discovered that the 1st Hawkwell Girls Brigade had...
By Winnie M
On 21/01/2018
Evening Echo Archive 02
Evening Echo Archive 02
Bygone snippets and high quality photos from the paper
I remember Mr Barltrop. I am amused to recall you would smell his pipe before way before he would actually appear. (Imagine that nowadays :o) I can remember Mr McDowell, Mr Daily, Mrs Brazier, Mrs...
By Nigel Clark
On 18/01/2018
School Attendance Certificates
School Attendance Certificates
Stambridge Primary 1924 and 1925
Reply to Sue Horncastle: Yes these are really beautiful and treasured. At close to a hundred years old now and in almost pristine condition. I was pleased to be able to give colour copies to...
By Nick Clark
On 18/01/2018
Shopland Church Site
Shopland Church Site
A hidden and forgotten churchyard
It would be interesting to know a bit more about the wartime action which damaged the church. I know that the bell went to Vange church and has recently been restored....
By Chris Taylor
On 18/01/2018
Islands for sale by auction
Islands for sale by auction
Potton and Rushley go under the hammer
My name is Bruce Bradley, my dad's name was Ronald. As young kids we both worked on Potton. Dad as he got older, was employed to till the land on the island with a horse plough. I think the horse...
By Bruce Bradley
On 07/01/2018
Southend Airport
Southend Airport
The Golden Viscount arrives
As a teenager I worked for the airline as a baggage handler, loading this very plane....
By Bruce Bradley
On 07/01/2018
Ve Day 1945
Ve Day 1945
Rochford celebrations
The boy to the left is Terry Tasker, my uncle....
By Judy
On 07/01/2018
Stambridge Trout Fisheries
Stambridge Trout Fisheries
Trying to contact Trevor Anderson who commented on this page about Stambridge Trout Farm and his uncle, John Powling. My email is kevin@carptalk-online.co.uk...
By Kevin Clifford
On 07/01/2018
Rocheway School - II
Rocheway School - II
More memories
Hi very interesting article, I also attended this school and remember Mr Symes very well, a pretty scary guy!  Another teacher I recall is Bob Light a Welshman who taught PE. Not unsurprisingly...
By Neil Caine
On 23/12/2017
My memories
My memories
... pre Purdys estate
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...
By Trevor Pastfield
On 23/12/2017
Roughton's Garage, Rochford
Roughton's Garage, Rochford
Cars and bikes in South Street
Hi Patricia, sorry to have taken so long to reply. I do remember you from Rochford junior school, there are a few others, Pat Wellington, Jean Fitch, Richard Vaughan, Daphne McClaren, Peter Cottis,...
By Jennifer Roughton
On 14/12/2017
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
Vanished Industries - Brickworks and Mills
My uncle and aunt (the Caters) lived at Purdeys farm I was born in 1942 and spent a lot of my childhood there. Used to play in the deserted brickworks....
By Jennifer Roughton
On 14/12/2017
Memories of Rochford
Memories of Rochford
A tandem tale
I am the youngest daughter of Waller Roughton, sorry you didn't get your cycle parts back but my father did rather lose track of things after the death af my mother. I now live in S.W France...
By Jennifer Roughton
On 14/12/2017
My memories
My memories
... pre Purdys estate
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...
By Jennifer Roughton
On 14/12/2017
A lost Fambridge
A lost Fambridge
Fambridge Hall circa 1890
The following is taken from an interview with a Mr S A Wakefield recorded in the Ashingdon School 125 year book: "One final recollection was of an accident which had fatal results. I was returning...
By Malcolm Jones
On 14/12/2017
Rochford Hospital
Rochford Hospital
Over 150 years of caring for the sick and elderly
Hello Rebekha. We do not keep any such records but possibly one of our readers has the information. If so, and they see this post, they should add to this thread or drop me an email. Regards Bob...
By Bob Stephen
On 08/11/2017
Rochford Hospital
Rochford Hospital
Over 150 years of caring for the sick and elderly
Good morning, I wonder if you can please assist.  My mother and I are trying to piece together her family history as her parents both died when she was very young. Do you have any...
By Rebekha Farmer
On 08/11/2017
St Mary the Virgin church
St Mary the Virgin church
My whole family are associated with this church - the Jays and the Abrams. My grandparents May and Arthur worshipped there, my Mum (Barbara Jay) sang in the choir and was married there to my Dad...
By Lynn Abrams
On 23/10/2017
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
Hi, can anyone can remember Alan Abrams? He used to work in the powder store. It would be nice to see him again.  I was a bus driver there from '73 to '84. Any one who remembers me...
By F Williams
On 19/10/2017
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Hawkwell Memories from Val Smerdon
Brian Smerdon, Valerie's husband, is my cousin. I lived on Hainault Ave just off Rectory Road.  ...
By Antony Weston
On 15/10/2017
Southend Airport
Southend Airport
The Golden Viscount arrives
Hello Len, I remember the viscount so well. LoveH...
By Heather Wing
On 10/10/2017
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Lesney's Matchbox Factory (2)
Part 2 of article
I worked there from 1978 to 1988. I remember Les Miles, I knew his son Paul from school, he was a plastics dept troubleshooter. I also knew Bridie, a lovely lady, her son in law was Dick Chapman a...
By Mark Wilson
On 07/10/2017