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My Ancestors James Waters And Letty Waters (nee Cant)

James and Letty Waters, both born about 1811, are my great, great, great grandparents. In the 1841 census Letty is recorded as living in Wickham St Paul with 5 children, one of whom was Daniel, my great, great grandafther. James at the time of the census was in the Halstead House of Correction for, I think, a minor infringement though I am investigating that further. Letty Cant was born in Wickham St Paul I believe. I think James Waters was too but I am not sure about that. I think they may have married in Wickham St Paul. Letty was a straw plaiter who lived at Shellard's in Wick St Paul in 1841. My line of the family moved into London, presumably for work. I would like to track down James and Letty's parents and wonder if there are any Waters and Cants still living in Wickham St Paul who may have family connections with James and Letty. Thanks, Jo Waters

The Ransons Move to Castle Hedingham

Pye Corner c1965, Castle Hedingham
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We arrived in Castle Hedingham around the turn of the year 1964/5, Mum, Dad, my three little brothers and myself. Our newly built house was just out of shot to the left of this photo of Pye Corner. Mum & Dad's friend Tony owned the white Alvis car parked on the green. We were very excited be in our big house. It was a cold winter and Mum was trying to get us settled in. Like all new houses it had it's teething problems.
We all eventually went to De Vere primary school on the other side of the village and made lots of friends, some of whom we still see. Also on Pye Corner was a lovely old house called Astles. It belonged to a man called Mr. Kelk. His granddaughter, Charlotte showed me all the nooks and crannies of the house and garden which fascinated me and began my interest in old houses that continues to this day. Mr. Kelk's house has recently been beautifully restored... Read more

Pye Corner Castle Hedingham

My grandfather used to live in Nunnery Street in the 1880s. His name was James Pilgrim born 10.6.1845, died 18.7.1900, he was married to Julia Reeve born 18.5.1849, died 24.3.1924, they had 9 children. I think my grandmother was born in Pye Corner, (6) Nunnery Street.

My Grandfather

My grandfather Harry William Letch lived, towards the end of his life, at "Near Rising Sun", Nunnery Street, Castle Hedingham. He died I believe in 1952. His wife Ellen Ruth (nee Teader) may also have lived at this address at some time. The Letch family seems to have been around for many generations in the same area. I wonder if anyone knows where exactly he lived or has any information about his family. I can remember as a child visiting the Castle for picnics with my parents but didn't realize until quite recently that my grandparnts had lived nearby.

Family Connections

The Church of St John The Baptist c1955, Little Maplestead
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I first visited this church in 1957 while visiting my uncle from Halstead. My father's family came to Canada from Little Maplestead in the early 1900's. Two of my uncles are listed on the plaque of servicemen from WW1. Several relatives are buried there.


Born in Chelmsford in 1946 I grew up in Gt. Yeldham but after a career in the Fleet Air Arm the flying side of the Royal Navy I settled in Somerset. The small town where I now reside though quite away from the coast is close to a Royal Naval Air Station at which I served. I married a Yeldham girl and as I mentioned we live in Somerset.
As a child I lived at the top of Oaker Hill on the Ridgewell road and opposite the entrance to the RAF station. Father was a porter at Yeldham station before becoming a platelayer for BR and ending up as a Signalman at Birdbrook station. We moved to the Croft when it was built I think in the 1950s and would go by bus to Hedingham Secondary Modern School. Mother was a Post Lady and also helped run the library as a volunteer.
I can remember Highfields being built as some of it was directly behind our house in The Croft... Read more

Where I Grew Up.

I lived most of my life in Sible Hedingham, as a family we moved there from London in 1962.  I was just 2 years old at the time. My father Robert Farren, "Bob" as he was best known and my mother Ivy, took over the licence of The White Lion, Church Street.  Growing up I never imagined that I would ever live anywhere but there.  My parents retired after 28 years behind the bar.  
The White Lion can be seen in picture S276003 of Church Street, it is the second building on the right hand side of the photograph. The first building is, or I should say was a General Store.  You could buy just about anything there from linens, clothing and yarn to cheese and sugar.  It closed somewhere around 1972 and was turned into a private residence.  The Lion was originally a workhouse and had several cottages on the premises, two of which I can still remember - they were in what is now the car park.... Read more

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