Braintree, Essex
Photos, Maps, Books and Memories

Historic maps of Braintree and the local area, hand-drawn by Ordnance Survey cartographers and Samuel Lewis.

My Early Years

I lived in Cressing Road, went to Chapel Hill Primary School and then to Braintree County High School. I left there in 1952 when my father was transferred by Crittall Metal Windows, to Dunedin, New Zealand. I remember the 750th Anniversary celebrations in 1949 and had always said I would like to return for the 800th ...Read full memory

A memory of Braintree by Paul Smith

Manor Street School

The wall on the left in the photo is Manor Street School which I attended from about 1953 until 1959. I am still in touch with Rod Gray. Does anyone else remember me or Rod from that time? The Headmistress was Miss Jarvis who was always accompanied by her Dachsund dog!

A memory of Braintree by Robin Hodson

The School Song

1. with Hearts close knit in comradeship, your lusty voices tune to praise: And welcome him [& presumably her] with steadfast grip who speaks of school and happy days. 2. [in minor key] For whom shall every voice be still, in silent homage to the brave? For those who stormed the tyrant's hill, and gazed on victory ...Read full memory