The Romford Union Workhouse dates back to 1838. It was built in open country where food could be grown for
the paupers who were obliged to work for their keep. The workhouse infirmary grew to meet the increasing need
for medical care, and after the workhouse was closed, continued to grow to become the massive
I have such memories as a 17 year old of working in the 'Admins Office' in Oldchurch Hospital. I think I just walked in one day, got an interview and started on the Monday - no job centres or CVs needed then. The boss was Mr Totts and Mr Izzard and Mr Jarvis were his under colleagues. I used to have to walk across every morning to the Matron's office to collect the personal belongings of anyone who had ...see more
The BBC is looking at the day that Margaret Thatcher introduced the 'Right to Buy' scheme, allowing people in council houses to buy their own homes. The film will look at the benefits for several million people who became homeowners, and the difficulty for councils in replacing the stock of social housing. We have BBC footage of the time when Margaret Thatcher visited Harold Hill when the scheme ...see more
I started training to be a nurse at Oldchurch in 1968, I made great friends with Joy Webb and Janet Knox. I remember the tuck shop across the road where I would have to go on pay day to pay off my debts. All the nurses had an account with the owner, oh I wish I could remember his name. I lived in the nursing home for 3 years. Every week a bus would take us to the American Air Force base in Braintree. I ...see more
All our photos are printed as optimised versions of their originals, this process can take anything from 15 minutes to several hours. This ensures that the product you get shows the true quality that Frith photos are renowned for.
Example of image retouching:
Genealogy & Research Images
Why Reference Prints?
All 300,000 photographs in The Frith Collection have been scanned, but as the photos were taken over a 110 year period on a wide range of glass & film negatives, using different photographic processes, every image has to be checked and optimised, before we make a print for a customer. This process can take from 15 minutes to several hours, depending on the condition of the original that we scanned. In order to offer a worthwhile selection of photos for each town, our website has traditionally displayed a mix of fully optimised photos with some that have been checked and tonally adjusted, but still require further work to bring them to the standard our products are known for.
Despite this work over the last 20 years, more than 60,000 scans have still not been individually checked and therefore not shown on our website. Some of these may prove to be damaged, faded, or not of sufficient quality to ever be offered in our full product range. However, since the number of Genealogists and Local Historians using our website is growing all the time, with effect September 2021 we will display the unchecked images marked as "Reference Only". Until they are checked and optimised these photos will only be available on the website for on-line research, or available to order as 7" x 4” Reference Prints sold as seen, with no warranty. Over the next few years as these photos are checked, those that meet our essential quality requirements will gradually be optimised and added to our main selection.