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Bridge Street, Coggeshall

Bridge Street c1955, Coggeshall
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I remember Bridge Street as I grew up in Coggeshall and was 8 when this photo was taken. The pub sign on the right is for the Portobella pub, which was on the left. In the distance is the bridge over the River Blackwater and when the river overflowed, water would cross the road and come up Bridge Street as far as the trees on the right. Bridge Street becomes Grange Hill once you cross the bridge and at the top of the hill is Grange Farm and the very old Grange Barn, where I played as a boy. I left Coggeshall in 1966 and in 2005 I moved to New Zealand.


During those years, my father was in the US Air Force stationed at Wethersfield. We lived in Coggeshall on East Street. With the advent of Google Earth I can still walk down familiar streets in Coggeshall from Texas. I see some things have changed and some look the same. My fondest memories of Coggeshall were of snow covered streets and buildings during Christmas. My brother, Ronnie and I would ride our new bicycles to the Rec. and play around in the snow. We had made many friends and also enjoyed their company on many occassions around the Rec and on the river bank by the Abbey. There was also a good sized forest north of town we used to visit and play around in. Many of my favorite childhood memories are of the times we spent in Coggeshall. I have Coggeshall listed in my bucket list and aim to revisit before lying down for the last time. Many thanks to Coggeshall.

Family Roots in Coggeshall

My 3 x great grandparents were married in St Peter ad Vincula, in 1823. Their children were all baptised in the Independent Church. My 2 x grandfather and his girlfriend Hannah, who came from Kelvedon, went up to London to live. Their parents stayed in the area and Henry and Sarah Noble, my 3 x great grandparents are buried in the cemetery. I may be a London lass but I always feel 'at home' when visiting Coggeshall.

Public House (Coach Stop)

During the 1960s I was a representative for a world known vermouth manufacturer and remember calling regularly on this large pub on the main road to Colchester and the Essex coast. The licensee John, and his wife, Marion, became good friends and I spent many happy hours just talking and joking away the hours. The coaches rolled in and were accommodated in a very large room attached to the side of the pub, this mainly served teas and light refreshments in large quantities. Any passengers that required stronger sustenance would wander into the welcoming bars.
The  intervening years have affected my memory and I just cannot remember the pub's or the licensee's names and wonder if anyone can supply the answers. I believe Marion moved to a licensed outlet in Suffolk sometime in the 1970s.
Ken Cramer

Homes Boy

I entered White's Children's Home and Mission (known as CH&M) in June of 1945 having come from Surbiton, Surrey. I was 9 years old. The home was situated in Church Rd opposite "The Pond", it is now a CO-OP supermarket.  There was a large Georgian house named "The Grove" and a Hall with other buildings, we had a large field to play in, there was also a farm there. There were about 56 children there then, boys and girls. We went to Tiptree Heath School, and the Congregrational Church in (I think) Chapel Rd, now the Reformed Church. We used to be marched two-by-two to school and church.  The home was founded in 1899 by Mr Herbert White at South Woodford.  Tiptree was the holiday premises and because of the war they had to stay at Tiptree from September 1939 till Easter 1947, when most of the children were moved back to South Woodford. The premises were sold in 1954. When I was there Mr White and his wife with... Read more

My Grandparents Ran The Post Office

My grandparents, William and Rose Broadway ran the Post Office stores in the late 60's and 70's. I can vividly remember jars of sweets, Grandad boiling his own ham, getting up at 5am to give papers to the paperboy Stephen. I remember Milly and then Jean who worked there too and a customer called Doris. When the shop was closed on a Sunday afternoon I would play shops in the real shop! I think I played with a girl (Valerie) who lived in a cottage by the church. Wonderful memories. Julie Thomson

Old Post Office Leavenheath

My parents, John and Letty Pearce, ran the, as it was then called, Post Office Stores at Honey Tye. We moved, I think in 1961, to Petham Nr Canterbury Kent. I went to Stoke by Nayland school. When I left I went to work at Wissington Grange for Bob and Beryl Finch. Looking at the picture now, it is nothing like when we were there. A barn was at the side and an orchard at the back. Very fond memories of the place.

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