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Aythorpe Roding maps

Historic maps of Aythorpe Roding and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis.   View all Aythorpe Roding maps

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High Easter| Hatfield Broad Oak| Pleshey| Hatfield Heath| Matching Green| Takeley| Great Dunmow| Roxwell| Fyfield| Matching| Sheering| Little Dunmow| Matching Tye| Little Hallingbury| Great Waltham| Felsted| Birchanger| Stebbing| Writtle| Stansted Mountfitchet

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Memories of Aythorpe Roding

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Having been evacuated in 1942 to High Easter from the war torn East London, staying with my Aunty Hilda was a dream that I never wanted to end. Our local school was a delight, even Sunday School at St Marys was enjoyable, and play time in the local fields on all the farm equipment was an adventure beyond belief. Highlight of the week was a trip to Chelmsford in a Joe Lodge coach driven by Sid Perry, a family I shared happy memories with: the Perry children, our treat was a bottle of Vimto drank outside the Punch Bowl or the Cock & Bell, and with luck, depending how much was drunk by the adults, both Pubs. During 1942 we never had much in the way of material enjoyment, but made everything magical by our imagination, which was endless. Now at 73, just retired, I have time to reflect on those happy days,and when in the area, I stop and pay my respects to my Aunty Hilda, and Uncle Fred... Read more

Fond Holiday Memories

The Cock And Bell c1960, High Easter
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In the summer of 1963 my Dad took my sister (11), brother (4) and me (6) to stay with my Auntie Marie.  She lived in the house adjoining the pub.  I think it had a name like Penryn and appeared on the front cover of Country Life in the early 70's.  I remember sleeping in the bedroom over the archway and waking up screaming in the middle of the night as I thought I had seen a gentleman dressed in black wearing a top hat walking across the room at the foot of my bed.  Looking back I think I was probably woken by the noise of the pub turning out and a passing car probably caused a shadow across the wall.  At the back of the property was a small apple orchard with a swing chair and we walked through grass that came up over our knees to have a swing.  There was also lots of horse-radish growing and I think of my late Auntie every time I open... Read more

My Great Grandmother Mary Eve

The Church And Punch Bowl c1960, High Easter
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Mary Ann Eve was from this area. She was my great-grandmother and joined her husband Robert Chilvers in South Africa after the Boer War. she died when I was sixteen years of age and I knew her very well. A feisty little Victorian type lady. I still have her family Bible and sewing machine and other nick nacks, my mother has always been meticulous with family history. In fact my great grandparents were my godparents. My Aunt Eleanor (in SA) has a beautiful framed picture of Mary Ann Eve as a single woman posing in her dress with a beautiful bustle. Mary Ann was an amazing cook and apparently worked in one of the great houses in the area as a very young girl. My mother joined her husband who was away in Germany with the RAF in England just before the end of the Second World War. She was 18 years old when she left S Africa, newly married, and travelled alone all the way on one of the Castle... Read more

Pavitt Family

Who-ever was asking about the Pavitt Family please reply.
There is a Jacob Pavitt and wife Ann buried in White Roding church yard buried along with my gt gt grandmother. Havent worked that one out yet.
Please contact.

Norman Layfield

The Memorial And White Horse Inn c1965, Hatfield Heath
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Not so much a memory for me as I am too young to actually remember Norman. Norman's name is among the list of brave young men that left the Heath and went to fight in the Second World War, he was the younger brother of my grandfather. They were in different regiments but actually ended up in the same POW camp on the famous River Kwai after being captured by the Japs. Grandad had no idea that Nornan was there, up till this point he believed Norman was safe at home in Hatfield Heath thousands of miles away from the disease and squalor and torment that tens of thousands of Allied solders were being worked to death in. On discovering that Norman was there, as the older brother he applied to have his brother transferred to his regiment. This was possible as an older member of the same family is entitled to claim the younger member into his regiment. When Grandad applied he discovered that Norman had died a few... Read more

I Remember The Post Office

The Post Office c1965, Hatfield Heath
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This was a large dark place, all timber with a climb up the steps to get in and the floorboards creaking as you walked toward the counter. In them days I couldn't see over the counter but I remember the shopkeeper although I can't remember his name. To the left in the photo, the last building, that's where Brian Sergant started business with his plant hire, it is still running today but it is situated in Bush Fair, Harlow.

Summer 1980

My memories of the heath are from 1980 when my mother - Kathleen (Topsy) Whybrow and father bought me and my brother to the heath in the summer of 1980 for five months.   My parents had emigrated to NZ and gave myself and my brother a choice - a swiming pool or a trip to the UK.  I was only 8 and plumped for the pool but my older wiser brother convinced me my mother needed to see her family.  And so it was to the heath we came, we attended the local heath primary school for a month, I remember Jojo, Justine and Ruth from my class - wonder where they are now? I was taught by my Great Aunt Joan Roberts - who I think still lives on the heath.  My Grandmother - Evelyn Grace Whybrow lived across the street and this is where we stayed.  It was a lovely house - painted in duck egg blue with yellow trim - Camberley it was called, now it has... Read more

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