Wickford, St Catherine's Church c.1955
Memories of Wickford, St Catherine's Church c1955
I remember walking past this church to visit my grandparents in Highcliffe Road. There was a short cut just before the church; I remember there were nice trees that overhung the pathway and it was lovely in summer. Further down the hill is the Wickford C of E Infants School.
I remember going there for my sister's christening in 1956 (our family name was Markham) and also belonging to the youth club, which was run by the curate. I only remember the vicar as a rather stern man. I also belonged to the Sunday School which was run from the School down the road.
I used to walk past this church on the way to visit my grandparents in Highcliffe Road. There was a path which lead up behind the church and onto a back road to Highcliffe. My schoolfriend Jill married in this church in 1980. My great-grandfather was buried here in 1949 under the yew tree, my great-grandmother joined him in 1991 and grandfather's ashes were placed here also in 1991. There are numerous graves which relate to members of the Wickford community including one elderly lady who lost both her sons during WW2.
Memories of Wickford
Returning to Wickford after being in the USA for a few years I remember the Willow Cafe, Egans, Adrian's in a hut in Market Road, the livestock market where the Willowdale Centre is now. Dr. Rentons Georgian house in the High Street, Fish's, Stafford's Bakery in the Broadway, the Co-Op being opened by Dick Emery. Going to ...Read full memory
A part of my boyhood was spent on a smallholding just outside of Wickford, the smallholding was called Littlemead. When I first went to Wickford my uncle Ted picked us up from the railway station in a pony and trap, the horse was called Lady. At Littlemeade there was no running water, no electricity, no gas, the source of ...Read full memory
I had lived in Basildon and married a Dagenham man in 1975, we moved to a turning called Woodfield on the newly built Moody Estate off Nevedon Road. To go to the shops or rail station, we had to pass Hall's Corner. I remember a green grocers (where I left behind a bag of tomatoes I had just brought), a newsagent and art ...Read full memory
Just along from Halls corner past the police station on your right are two shops. One was a sweet shop run by my great grandparents - Orrock. This must have been in the 1940s as I remember my mother telling me about it. My great-grandfather died before I was born but I remember my great-grandmother as she lived to a ripe old ...Read full memory