Memories of Bocking

Friars Children's Home, 31 Bradford Street, Bocking

My mother wrote her childhood memories about 10 years before she died in 1992. She was sent to Friars Children's Home for the sole purpose of working when she was 14 in about 1926. I think that her memories are an important part of the history of the building which was once a children's home ...Read full memory

A memory of Bocking by Mary Hill

Franciscan Convent School

I remember being a pupil from the age of 5 (1930) to the age of 13 at the school run by the Franciscan sisters at this Convent. The original house and grounds were given to the Sisters by a member of the Courtauld family, Madame Edith Arendrup (Edith married a Dane, hence the surname). There were about 80 or 90 ...Read full memory

A memory of Bocking by Frederick Miles

I Found This Photo In My Mom's Personal Belongings

This isn't really a memory, but a request. As I was looking through my Mom's belongings, I found this same postcard. My Mom's name was Vera Snell and she was born on August 5, 1921. Sadly, she passed away on Dec 10, 2002. She used to tell us stories of that time of her life, and I know that ...Read full memory


With no Catholic Church in Braintree in 1937, my late parents' wedding took place in November at the Bocking Convent.

A memory of Bocking by S R Ambrose

The Convent Bocking

Late 1949 early 1950 I stayed with my mother, Mrs Dorothy Violet Lee (nee Gobbitt) at The Convent, Bocking. Born 1943 I would have been aged 6-7yrs. My time there was to await the move into our new home at 140 Church Street, Bocking End. On reflection, am at a loss as to why we stayed at the Convent. We were Church of ...Read full memory

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