Chelmsford, The River Can 1906

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Caption for Chelmsford, The River Can 1906: Museum Terrace, just to the left of the iron bridge in New London Road, was built in the 1840s. At various times it incorporated a boarding school, shops, private residences and - as the name suggests - the town's museum. Central Park now extends to the iron bridge. The warehouse in the distance was Wenley's carpet showroom.

An extract from Chelmsford Photographic Memories.

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For many years this was known locally as Back Street. Out of shot to the right would have been the Corn Exchange; originally used by farmers. However later in life it became the dance hall where you could go and jive the night away. Coming out, you turned right into Back Street where there were 3 drinking (...Read full memory)

This photo shows the view from the bottom end of the High Street leading up to the Shire Hall in the very far distance. One can clearly see the blinds on the shop on the corner of Springfield Road, and the Boots logos and sign on the wall of the building. To the left side between the two parked cars, hanging (...Read full memory)

Hi my name is Doug, when I left school at the age of 15 in 1955 I worked at the Hawkes sweet factory as a sugar boiler, amongst other things, and it was there that I met my first girl friend. Although she married someone else, as I did. I have kept in touch with her all my life, she, (...Read full memory)

I left Rainsford School in summer 1959 and worked for 6 month on Hoffman's assembly line. I then joined the Chelmsford Co-op Grocery, starting on the provisions counter, in Wells Street where I trained under Arthur Halliday (he also trained my father in about 1925). They were happy times. We served every customer from (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Chelmsford, The River Can 1906: Museum Terrace, just to the left of the iron bridge in New London Road, was built in the 1840s. At various times it incorporated a boarding school, shops, private residences and - as the name suggests - the town's museum. Central Park now extends to the iron bridge. The warehouse in the distance was Wenley's carpet showroom.

An extract from Chelmsford Photographic Memories.

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