Pitsea Memories

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I moved to Pitsea in November 1968, and my second child was due the beginning of December. We collected our keys from the council offices in Basildon, to our brand new house in Wickford Avenue. We were so excited, after being in a rented flat with a coal fire, this new house had hot water and blow out heating! A luxury compaired (...Read full memory)

Born in Pitsea in 1938, I was christened there and visited the church during holidays from boarding school. The picture shown is a view of the back (south side) of the church. My maternal grandfather, father and one of my uncles are buried there. Dad was buried in a plot on the south side on the slope down towards (...Read full memory)

If my memory serves me right, about this time , earlier and later, the Boy Scouts met in this hall.

We were married at St Michael's Church on a windy 23rd December 1961. How well we both remember that long walk from Pitsea High Road by Rectory Road up to the church. After the wedding we had to once more face that long walk down to the High Road to get into our cars for the short drive round to St (...Read full memory)

My father and auntie grew up in Pitsea at "St Ivels", Station Lane. My grandparents were John and Priscilla Gibbs and they were shopkeepers. My grandmother died in 1940 and my grandfather died the following year.... both are buried in St Michael's Church. I've heard wonderful stories about the area from my Dad (...Read full memory)

Born in Northlands Drive, Pitsea in 1938, my first recollection was aged 3 years when I remember being put to bed in a cot under the kitchen table during an air raid. We had an Andersen shelter in the garden outside the kithchen window. It was always knee deep in water and neighbours also used it (...Read full memory)

I was born in Brick House, London Road, in 1930. My father was Arthur Herbert Holmes, an architect and surveyor. He planned many shops and other buildings around Essex. My older brother Anthony James Holmes is buried in St Michaels Churchyard. He died as a baby. I left here in 1933 but I have happy memories of giving (...Read full memory)

Pitsea will always bring back happy memories for me. I was born in my gran's bungalow during WW2 & remained there till I was 3, when my mum took me & my brother back to London, where she had been bombed out. But I always went back to Pitsea, throughout my childhood, to stay with my grandparents. The freedom I felt (...Read full memory)

Sadly I believe, St Michael's Church  is little more now than a ruin of it's former self, nothing like it was in the 1940's when it seemed to stand proudly on the hill watching over and protecting the small village below as it had done since Norman times: even then the inscriptions on some of the (...Read full memory)

What memories this picture brings back to life again!! I had just been discharged from the Fever Hospital having spent six weeks there with Scarlet Fever. Nothing was going to stop me from taking part in the Victory Parade especially as I had been picked as one of the colour party carrying the Guide (...Read full memory)