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The Rayleigh Fireman’s Wedding !

One of our regular readers has very kindly pointed this video out to us !

Note that the fire engine was owned by Rayleigh Urban District Council. You can see it go down Bellingham Lane and Rayleigh High Street… Any further information on this gratefully received…

The Battle Of Wakering Common

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We haven’t mentioned the Rochford District Community Archive for a while. So here’s a link to  a story of alcohol and violence from 1912:

“At that time there was just one village policeman who depended to a great extent on the good will of most of the villagers and his strong wooden stick to keep order. There was no telephone, no police car, just him, his bicycle and… “

 

Plaques of Rayleigh

The April feature on the Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass website is on heritage plaques, like this one near Bellingham Lane:

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Sailing Barges On the Crouch And Roach

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A rather good article on the Rochford District Community Archive about the importance of barges in past centuries – especially in our area:

…. Sailing barges on the rivers of the Rochford district were a vital link in the supply chain. The few roads which existed were often flooded. Carts were slow and each one only carried a small load. Sailing barges were ideal bulk carriers and, indeed, their use continued on the East Coast longer than anywhere else in north-western Europe. Every riverside farm or mill here had its quay, jetty or hard. The remnants can still be seen at Lion Wharf, Wallasey, Paglesham, Hullbridge, Rawreth and many other places along the riversides. (Several are shown on Ordnance Survey map number 176.) The river trade is also commemorated in the names of public houses: Plough and Sail, Anchor and Barge….

Licensing Hearing

The district council licensing sub-committee meets at 10 am tomorrow morning at the Civic Suite in Rayleigh.

It will determine an application at the Crouch Valley Showground for an event from 1100 hours on Friday 16 May until Midnight on Sunday 18th May, for local live acoustic music. The applicant has applied for an alcohol license and a license for the provision of regulated entertainment. he notice has made provision for 480 attendees, including staff.

Rochford DC Environment Health have objected and state that the applicat ion fails to provide sufficient detail on the measures that will be taken to manage noise levels.

Essex Police have also objected due to lack of detail to show that the licensing objectives regarding crime and disorder, public nuisance, public safety and the protection of children from ham will not be undermined.

The Lion And The Unicorn

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From Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass:

Royal Coat of Arms have been displayed in churches throughout the country since the Reformation (Henry VIII). The one in Holy Trinity dates from the first part of the reign of Queen Anne (1702-1707)Located on a wall in the North Tower it had gone unnoticed for the past 100 years as it was covered in grime…. Restored in partnership between ourselves and the Friends of Holy Trinity  it now looks just as it did when painted 300 years ago.

Next time you are in Rayleigh pop into the Church and have a look.

 

Songs From The 60s And 70s

 

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There’s a concert coming soon, to raise funds for the upkeep of St Nicholas Church, Rawreth:

 

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Whatever Happened To The Rayleigh Gas Company ?

 

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This month Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass has some interesting photos of utilities… such as the Rayleigh Gas Company on Crown Hill….

Hadleigh Old Fire Station

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One of the links in our right toolbar is for Hadleigh Old Fire Station, which is now used as studios for 15 artists and offices for a couple of community groups.

Their website is worth an occasional visit – you can find out information  on the individual artists there, plus details of forthcoming events - such as Farmers Markets in the old Appliance Hall, where the fire appliances were kept…

“Hullbridge Memories” Is Back

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The website “Hullbridge Memories” is back:

“Hello we are back and hopefully you will get some enjoyment reliving memories.
Regretably I had to take the site down as I had found images from the site had been copied and were being sold on Ebay. At long last I have found a way to watermark images in batches so I will be gradually bringing back the images and hopefully adding new ones in the days ahead.”

 

There’s lots of stuff there – starting off with a mammoth tusk from 12000 BC…..

“Rayleigh Through Time”

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“Rayleigh Before The Welfare State”

The Rochford District Community Archive has an article by Karen Bowman on workhouses here

….Prior to the commissioning of the new Rochford Union Workhouse in 1835 the poor could be housed in the Alms Houses built by Lord Robert Rich, Earl of Warwick, in Rochford itself and in two workhouses in Rayleigh. One was sited at Bedloes, opposite Rawreth Hall, while the other stood just outside the Churchyard gates in the High Street and, according to documentary evidence, was repaired in 1772…

In another item there, Bernard de Neumann asks a question:

Anti-Aircraft light/mirrored facility at the top of Hambro Hill
Do you know anything about it?
Does any reader remember anything of this site that existed as a derelict wreck after WW2? When I used to go there in about 1948 -1950 there was a metal structure and masses of smashed mirror.

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