Historic maps of Boxted and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey and Samuel Lewis. View all Boxted maps
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Memories of Boxted
DOES ANYONE REMEMBER MY DAD?
My dear dad, who is 90, was as a small child sent to live on a farm in Stoke By Nayland, as he was orphaned. It would be between about 1924-1929. He has very happy memories of staying with the farmer and his wife. Dad was also a choir boy at the local church. His name is Dennis Craddock, and he would love to hear from anyone (still alive!) that might remember him. We are planning a trip to Stoke by Nayland before the end of the year.
During my time in training as a 16 year old student for just one year I had lodged at my grandparents, Fred and FLorence Clarke. Quite surprisingly whilst coming from a small hamlet nestling within Oxfordshire I settled in quite well. No less my memories of that time consist of the following: Each morning having arisen at 8am upon making my way down the narrow winding stairway through the back room; on entering the kitchen/scullery I would be greeted by my grandmother. A breakfast consisting of toast and marmalade was served. I would wash at the kitchen sink as there was not a bathroom. Around 8:30am I would set off upon my journey towards the underground, though not without my calling into a local grocery shop just around the corner in Tramway Avenue. As you entered in one door, which lead you towards the rear, was a large West Ham rossett hanging upon the wall above the deli. Upon making my way around, past the counter heading towards the unsupervised checkout... Read more
Land Army Girls
I am looking for any Land Army Girls who were billeted in the Hostel at Plough Lane, Leavenheath.
Would like to hear from you as I am compiling a history of the site.
Happy Summer Days at The Pool
This photo' reminded me of those carefree summer days when we would cycle from Myland to the pool, leave our bikes, unlocked, in a heap outside, pay our 6d and go to the dank, cold, changing room under the bridge.
The girls had to cross the end of the pool by a boardwalk to their changing room on the other side.
There were high diving boards so the pool was about ten feet deep at the deep end. We discovered that there was a hole in the underwater wire netting beneath the boardwalk where we could dive down to come up under the boardwalk to bang on the boards as the girls walked over,
We spent many hours sunbathing and swimming, later to retrieve our bikes, intact, from beneath the pile.
Sadly, the pool is now closed. I'm sure the modern pools are nowhere near as much fun as that outdoor pool at Colnebank.
In the late 1950's I spent much time down here watching the shipping. First I would go to the Library in Culver Street to look at the Lloyds News sheet to see which boats were arriving or leaving. I would also look the ships up in Lloyds Register to find out the details of the ships. I remember the smalles of petrol being unloaded and the slightly obnoxious smell from the works on the quayside, making Fire bricks. Ellis & Everard coasters were many of the ships, all the names ended it "ity" except their sailing barge, the 'Will Everard'. The ships bringing the clay to the firebrick works were all Dutch.
While we were living in Colchester between 1955 and 1958, I was confirmed at this church at Lexden, Colchester. I had little memory of the church, but then while looking through the photos for Colchester I came across this photo much to my delight as this was where I was confirmed. Colchester Castle grounds was a beautiful place to walk through. Every year the Army Tattoo was displayed in the grounds too.
Lived Colchester late 1950s to late 1960s. Fond memories of picnics in the castle grounds with my young sister and baby brother. Boats on the lake. Military tattoo. Returned after years away and though there was change, much remained the same - thank goodness.