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General Discussion Forum : Welcome to our message board by Jim Devlin added 14/10/2011
Feel free to leave messages on any of the following topics:. Messages about the site. Requests for information. Comments that don’t seem to fit anywhere else.

General Discussion Forum : bull family by keith nock added 22/10/2011
hi i wonder if anyone can remember bull family from great burstead iam trying to sort out family tree

General Discussion Forum : the bull family by Keith Nock added 07/11/2011
hi i wonder if anyone can help me iam trying to trace relatives of my grandad william bull who was born in south green his dad was john bull i think he was farmer worker

General Discussion Forum : Norsey Woods by Tonyrm added 09/11/2011
I would be very interested to hear if anyone has memories (and photos?) of the Wood and/or Meadow before Basildon Council took them over. Thank you!

General Discussion Forum : coronation picture of Great Burstead by robert coward added 13/11/2011
Please can you expand the picture so that it is more easily viewable and thus we can better identify the people concerned

General Discussion Forum : Re: coronation picture of Great Burstead by Jim Devlin added 31/01/2012
Enlargement now possible by clicking on photo.

General Discussion Forum : Preacher’s Cross by P. Kemp added 25/11/2011
At the Stock end of Goatsmoor Lane there is a small area named on old maps as ‘Preacher’s Cross’. I have often wondered about the origins of this site. Why is it so named – what are the origins of the site? Does it have Lollard connections?

General Discussion Forum : Sunnyville by Colin Humphrey added 05/12/2011
I wonder if someone could help me pinpoint where my mother and her parents lived in Billericay during the early 1930’s. I have recently started to look through some of my late mother’s letters and discovered a birthday greeting postcard to my mother on her 14th birthday which was in 1932, it was addressed to Cedarlea, Sunnyville, Billericay; I know that Sunnyville is at the junction of Mountnessing Road and Perry Street but wondered if the address could be narrowed down to a road. I would be very grateful for any information. Kind regards. Colin Humphrey – Langdon Hills

General Discussion Forum : Re: Sunnyville by Jim Devlin added 29/02/2012
In the 1930’s the only roads in the area would have been Perry Street and Mountnessing Road. All the streets around are probably post that date, or did not have names as they were not made up. Hence the address Cedarlea, Sunnyville. Sunnyville is the area either side of the westwards part of Mountnessing Road. The juction of Mountnessing Road and Perry Street is Goosebury Green.

General Discussion Forum : Re: Sunnyville by dave brown added 09/10/2014
I lived in the old Queens Park which was an unmade road that had a footpath at the bottom. This path led to Brightside. I can remember my friend who lived next to the path all his life always calling Brightside, Sunnyville Brightside. This was 1955 to 1959 and I hope this may be of some help.

General Discussion Forum : Laylands Hardware by David Bally added 18/12/2011
Hello. I was looking at this site, as I was born in Billericay, and I noticed a small, but oft repeated error. When I was a small boy in the mid 1960’s we were often taken shopping, and one shop I was always intrigued by was a sprawling Ironmongers and hardware shop “Laylands” that spread across several adjacent buildings next to the Cater Museum. In the research I have carried to recently I found an old Pathe News reel on-line that shows Wynford Grant (now Prof Wynford Grant, Warwick University) as the boy editor of his homemade Billericay Gazette newspaper in 1961, and he is shown selling the paper outside the Laylands store. However, I have noticed that this shop has been incorrectly called Leylands by a number of people, but I can confirm that the shop which closed in the late 60’s or early 70’s was Laylands. BOY EDITORYour browser does not support iframes.

General Discussion Forum : Re: Laylands Hardware by Jim Devlin added 29/02/2012
Thank you for your comments on our site. You are quite correct that the name of the shop was Laylands, but some peoples memories are not as good as yours. I will trawl through the site and put a comment on to this effect. However I want to preserve the fact that a number of people get it wrong. This is part of the social archive that we are. I think part of the problem may be that spell checkers try to change Laylands to Leylands. I have checked the video of Wynford, which as you know is the copyright of Pathé and runs in their site, we just link to it. I have checked IE, Chrome and Firefox and all these run fine.

General Discussion Forum : break egg hill by janet Dawes, added 21/01/2012
We are considering moving to a property in break egg hill and we are from Brentwood and do not know Billericay. Does anyone know of the history of the place or the community and how the dwellings began there in the past, I just feel it must have a lot of history.

General Discussion Forum : Re: break egg hill by Jim Devlin added 29/02/2012
Break Egg Hill is a plotland development. Between the wars plots were sold and houses or more commonly shacks were built, often as a holiday home. There were lots of plotland developments in this part of Essex, although Break Egg Hill is a very small one. A lot of the surrounding area had plotland dwellings but these were demolished and built on. The Break Egg Hill area has protected status as Green Belt and thus changing dwelling or demolishing and rebuilding is restricted.

General Discussion Forum : Atkins Family by William Atkins added 25/01/2012
Im doing a family tree and have been told that my great grandfather had a bootmakers in Billiaricay can anyone remember him his name was William Atkins married to a Lillian maud Viner any pics etc . many thanks

General Discussion Forum : The Old Workhouse by Joan Shirmer added 14/07/2012
Does anyone have ANY information on the original work house built in 1750ish in Laindon Road, on the site of what is now the Ivory Rooms,

General Discussion Forum : my car by John Lawn added 20/07/2012
Hello. I own a ford escort mexico 1972 in white reg no TEV 700K and from a history file I have of the car it was registered to someone on the high street billericay the paperwork is verry hard to read but it looks like K H connon ,bons ltd 103b high street. If you have any info for me please contact me. thanks John

General Discussion Forum : High Street, no’s 103 & 105 by R Roberts added 17/08/2012
I think you will find that 103 and 105 High Street are not demolished and still stand. 103 is Blockbusters Video and 105 a shop selling blinds, etc.

General Discussion Forum : Re: High Street, no’s 103 & 105 by Jim Devlin added 23/10/2012
The statement that 103 had been demolished was incorrect and a typo as it should have been associated with the building which is now Santander. This has been removed, thank ytou for pointing this out. Number 105 was demolished when the buildings in Holly Court were put up and the blind shop is in a 1960/70 building. Editor.

General Discussion Forum : Billericay in the 70s/80s by Diane Wood added 31/08/2012
I would be very interested to see any photos of Billericay in the 70s/80s, particularly the High St, to see what I remember as a child!

General Discussion Forum : Stanley Terrace by Jo Cullen added 21/10/2012
I was told that the area behind the White Hart and Stanley Terrace were part of an area used as a barracks for the soldiers who fought in the wars against Napoleon. Has anyone any information which confirms or negate this?

General Discussion Forum : War Graves by George ** added 10/11/2012
When I was a child in the early ’50s, my Nan would take us kids to visit her friends in Billericay. They lived in a large house in a place called Church Lane, at least, I think thats what it was called,and indeed, there was a church further down the lane. The only thing I remember about the house was the long-case grandfather clock in the kitchen, that housed a huge shotgun which we were warned not to to touch because it belonged to “Mr. Fox”. They kept chickens!. The problem I have is that the old couple told me a story that in this nearby churchyard, were buried the bodies of twelve german paratroopers who had crashed nearby during the war. Can anybody tell me if I am mistaken, is this just a local myth or a figment of my childish imagination?

General Discussion Forum : Re: War Graves by David Bally added 17/02/2013
I think you must mean the 22 German naval airship crew, who were buried in Great Burstead churchyard in church street. However, they were not WWII paratroopers, but were the crew of First World War Zeppelin L32, that was shot down over Billericay in the early hours of 24th September 1916. The crew were buried in Great Burstead churchyard with full military honours, but were disinterred in 1966, and moved to the military cemetary at cannock chase in staffordshire.

General Discussion Forum : Re: War Graves by Daren Kean added 11/06/2013
I think that this story may be related to the crash of an airship, or Zeppelin as they were called, during the first world war after being shot down during a bombing raid in 1916. A fascinating local story – more information can be found here : http://www.historyhouse.co.uk/articles/zeppelins.html or if you can still find it, a local book was written in the 1970’s called “The fate of the Zeppelin L32”

General Discussion Forum : Re: War Graves by Paul Atkinson added 26/01/2015
Hi George , I think you may be referring to the men from the Zepplin that was shot down just behind Jacksons Lane in the First World War . They were initially buried at Great Bursted church yard but I think moved to the German war graves at Cannock Chase in the 60s or thereabouts . Hope this helps

General Discussion Forum : Billericay in WW2 by David Bally added 11/03/2013
I have been researching on the internet, the V1 & V2 attacks of the second world war. Essex was in the direct line of fire of both doodlebugs and V2 rockets. The website at http://www.wrsonline.co.uk/ shows that no less than 5 V2 rockets impacted in or near Billericay, a further 2 in South Green and 5 fell on Laindon. I was quite shocked that so many of these terrifying weapons of mass destruction had rocked the area, and I wondered does anyone have any memories of these events?

General Discussion Forum : Re: Billericay in WW2 by jewel crimes added 01/08/2014
Hi David,. At a guess, a bomb dropped about 1/3 mile from Billericay high street on an institution for the mentally infirm. Cannot recall. exact year, but possibly 1943. I was a 6yr old child, and was . able to see the site on the way to Great Bursted school. Tents. had been erected for the patients. Us children were in our dugout in Foxcroft

General Discussion Forum : Re: Billericay in WW2 by Aileen Wortley added 12/09/2015
Hello David,. I too have always been curious about this. Our family lived at 38 Mill Rd from 1949 until 1968 very close to South Green. My parents only managed to afford the property because it was offered a little cheaper because of ‘bomb damage to the foundations’. We were forced to leave the house because of the increasing problems with the damp and dry rot that was a real problem by the 60s. I too have tried to find out specifics but with no real satisfaction. Thanks for the website info. Aileen

General Discussion Forum : Doctor John Houston by J Jefferies added 22/06/2013
Hello,. Are there any books/documents available that may have references to the above person who gave his abode as Billericay in 1833. Thanks

General Discussion Forum : Brass Bands by Gavin Holman added 21/07/2013
Did Billericay or nearby villages once have its own brass or silver band?. I am carrying out research in the history of brass bands in local communities, and would like to ask if you know of any information about any such extinct bands in your area. The late 19th and early 20th centuries were the “golden age” for these bands numbering, it is said, up to 40,000 distinct bands at their peak. Many of these bands were associated with local industries, often being a “works” band. Others provided a musical focus for many small towns and villages in the days before the gramophone and the wireless. Today, in contrast, only some 1,500 or so are left active in the UK. Sadly many of the bands left little in the way of information about their existence, and what does exist is widely scattered with individuals, local archives and national collections. Part of my research is to identify these lost bands, to collect together material to provide a central database of information – containing a mixture of primary information as well as references to material held elsewhere (e.g. in local archives). Any information you can provide would be gratefully received. Whether actual information or pictures of any bands, or pointers to resources, or sources for further investigation. Even knowing that a particular band existed is significant!. Currently much of the information I have collected is available online, as a freely available resource, at http://www.ibew.co.uk – in various locations, for example, in the Reference section under “Extinct Bands” or “Vintage Pictures”. With best wishes for your continuing research in local history,. Yours,. Gavin Holman. http://www.ibew.co.uk. The Internet Bandsman’s Everything Within

General Discussion Forum : Re: Brass Bands by Dave Twitchett added 11/06/2014
I recall that the Billericay Silver Band used to practise in a room above the old Co-op building at the Northern end of the High Street. I knew one member – a Mr Smith now deceased who lived in Whites Hill corner of Madles Lane Stock. His widow or children may help if traceable.

General Discussion Forum : Noak hill 1930s by Melissa Brown added 26/08/2013
My great great grandmother Emma Cottle lived in A bungalow called Glenwood, Noak Hill, Billericay, has anybody any old photos or stories of the area at that time I would be really interested. Thank you.

General Discussion Forum : Kenton’, Norsey Rd? by Greg Pirie added 12/09/2013
I’m keen to learn as much as possible about this address: ‘Kenton’, Norsey Rd, Billericay — referenced in February 1946 in connection with my late mother. Originally typed as “Norfey”, but I suspect this was a military clerk’s error. Best of all, I would like to make contact with anybody with knowledge/memories of residents at this address in the 1930-19467 period. Greg

General Discussion Forum : former JCPRE members by Jenny Robinson (née Eggleton) added 29/09/2013
I am trying to trace JCPRE members from the early 60’s, particularly Norman Styles, Stan Potter, Geoff Maxted, Terry Saunders and Alan Jubb. I will be at the Cater Museum on Monday 18th November and would love to hear from you before then. I now live on the Isle of Wight so trips to Essex are not that frequent!!

General Discussion Forum : Re: former JCPRE members by Don Joy added 20/10/2015
Jenny, having read your posting, the name Stan Potter jumped out at me. In the late 60s/very early 70s I worked at Ball Plastics, Kennel Lane with a bloke of that name. Now I realise that this will not help with your enquiry, but I now need to satisfy my curiosity (nosiness). Stan was, as I recall, quite a large man and well thought of by the people at Balls

General Discussion Forum : elizabeth cottages by john halliday added 15/01/2014
I moved to Billericay in 1971 and have lived in Norsey road ,Upland road,The Copse and now Hilltops in Stock Road.I do a lot of family history research and photograph relevant places that my ancestors have lived. I am interested in Elizabeth Cottages ,the empty building and the Norsey road end of the high street .Do you have any information on it ?.I am also interested in the Billericay Society and wonder if it is worth me joining ?. John halliday

General Discussion Forum : Re: elizabeth cottages by Terry Lockhart added 10/05/2014
The detached house called Elizabeth Cottage has its roof stripped at the moment. I hope it is a retiling job rather than demolition. My grandparents were evacuated there for a short time during WW2. They previously lived opposite my great uncle’s factory, A A Cullis & Co situated half way between the Kings Head P.H. and Barleylands. In the 1950’s I played with a school friend, David Barnes, who lived in Elizabeth Cottage. His family emigrated to Australia. c.1959

General Discussion Forum : Re: elizabeth cottages by editor added 14/05/2014
The current news about Elizabeth Cottage is:. The owner was demolishing it and was stopped by Basildon Council. The Council is in the process of issuing an order to repair the building to the state it was in before the work to demolish started. Lots of people are keeping an eye on this one as it is a feature building in the High Street. Hopefully the owner will give up and sell the thing to someone who will refurbish and make use of it.

General Discussion Forum : Patricia Ann Murrell by Malcom Caldwell added 26/04/2014
I am trying to find out about Patricia Ann Murrell (née Gray) who was born and lived in Billericay. Her parents were Percy and Maime (Mary) Gray. She married Reginald Murrell in Brentwood in 1958. My reason for asked is that I am her cousin and have never met or spoken to her. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks

General Discussion Forum : Relatives of Miss Mary Needham by Sarah-Joy Maddeaux added 22/05/2014
I am trying to trace any remaining relatives of Miss Mary Needham, the daughter of the last master of the Billericay Union Workhouse (Walter Needham). I understand she had some half-siblings, Walter, Charles, and Helen – does anyone know how to get in touch with them? I would like to get permission to use a recording of Miss Needham. Many thanks.

General Discussion Forum : Re: Relatives of Miss Mary Needham by Lynda Hillyard added 01/01/2017
Hello. I am researching my ancestors and Mary Needham was the daughter of my great, great uncle Walter Needham, former master of Billericay workhouse. I would be very interested to hear of any of her recordings of her life in the workhouse.

General Discussion Forum : The Isolation Hospital, Buttsbury by Tim Bates added 27/07/2014
Can anyone assist please..? (Genealogy only). An unmentioned relative died while at the, what was, The Isolation Hospital, Buttsbury (in Billericay) in April 1945, before the introduction of the NHS in 1948. Where would they have been buried having died there? The age reads 13months on the death certificate, which is correct with the birth certificate. The parents lived in Bowers Gifford at the time. The person isn’t buried at the Pitsea Cemetery, Church Road beside the A13, which was first port of call, as it’s only a short distance from Bowers Gifford. Also in the churchyard of St Margaret Church, Bowers Gifford bottom end of Church Road and neither in the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin, South Benfleet. I have yet to visit the churchyards of St Mary Magdalene in Great Burstead, St Mary the Virgin in Little Burstead and St Mary’s in Buttsbury. Where did once stand The Isolation Hospital, Buttsbury situated in Billericay. I would be guessing that an Isolation Hospital would have been to the outskirts at the time. Any help, assistance or information please would be great. Kind Regards, Tim

General Discussion Forum : Re: The Isolation Hospital, Buttsbury by John Christian added 15/01/2015
I cannot help with burial places but I may be able to throw some light on the isolation Hospital. When I was a boy in the 1950’s my father contracted chicken pox. Initially it was thought had small pox and he was put into what I have always understood to be the Isolation Hospital. It was located in Mountnessing Road

General Discussion Forum : Re: The Isolation Hospital, Buttsbury by Tim Bates added 07/02/2015
John. Many thanks indeed for the reply. This is a good reply, it gives me an idea of where the Buttsbury Isolation Hospital did once stand. The unknown relation of mine, I mean no one had ever mentioned her, even her Father, my Great Uncle, and her Sister, my “second” Cousin, she’s been hidden until I started digging into the genealogy. She died of TUBERCULOSIS PERITONITIS. Tim

General Discussion Forum : Re: The Isolation Hospital, Buttsbury by Rene Hudson added 26/04/2015
Hi Tim,Yes the isolation hospital was in Mountnessing road Billericay. I lived in this road in the middle 40s and left 1955. It was still there for a long time aftewards and was an NHS hosp of some sort. Best wishes Rene

General Discussion Forum : St Andrews Hospital Billericay by Maureen added 18/05/2015
Hello,. Looking for help regarding Hospital records during WW2 in regards to St Andrews Hospital in Billericay. My Late father Service records show that he was admitted there for three weeks in 1940 just weeks after joining the Army and I would like to know what happened. Any suggestions please as to where to look.i have tried the National Archives but I find it is a maze to negotiate. Cheers,. Maureen.

General Discussion Forum : Re: St Andrews Hospital Billericay by Jim Devlin added 18/05/2015
Unfortunately we do not hold any records for the hospital. As you are aware many records are withheld until they are 100 years old and this may apply to these records as they relate to health. However parts of the hospital did have military involvement and the records may be part of Military Records. Unfortunately Kew may be your only hope as I don’t believe the Essex Record Office has any relating to this. However the ERO may be worth a try – an index of their records can be found at http://seax.essexcc.gov.uk/

General Discussion Forum : Re: St Andrews Hospital Billericay by Maureen added 19/05/2015
Hello Jim,. Thanks for the reply. I will try SEAX site. Cheers,. Maureen.

General Discussion Forum : Grange Road by Patrick Palmer added 02/09/2015
My great aunt Esther Robottom lived at Lucerne, Grange road in the 1940’s She died there in 1942. Her husband was a retired police inspector. I would be interested in knowing if the house is still there or if anyone knows of this family. Many thanks . Patrick

General Discussion Forum : South green public house by Don Joy added 23/09/2015
Not been to South Green for many years, used to work at Ball Plastics, Kennel Lane. Lunchtime was spent in pub at South Green, by a row of shops, accessed from Hickstars Lane if I remember correctly. Can’t find pub on Google Maps. What was it called ? Tell me soon as I won’t be able to sleep until I know. Thanks, Don.

General Discussion Forum : Re: South green public house by editor added 25/09/2015
The pub was The Burstead Plough, a sixties development. This pub replaced the Old Plough which was the other side of the row of shops at the top of Grange Road, now a Doctor’s surgery. The Burstead Plough was knocked down over 10 years ago and a retirement complex, Southwood Court has replaced it. Unfortunately the archive does not have a photo of the sixties Burstead Plough and would like to be able to have one on the site if anyone has one, even if only partially in the photo as we can crop and enhance it.

General Discussion Forum : Re: South green public house by Don Joy added 13/10/2015
Thanks for the response, the info has satisfied my curiosity. I thought this was the name, but convinced myself I was wrong as the Burstead part couldn’t be right because it wasn’t in Burstead. Does that make sense ? Don

General Discussion Forum : Re: South green public house by Les Webb added 13/12/2015
The Southgreen pub was called “The Plough”. It has been replaced with a retirement home block. I worked at Ball’s factory for awhile when a teenager. Then my wife and I used to go to their Christmas Do’s with our neighbours.,We had some good times there.

General Discussion Forum : Re: South green public house by John Bright added 28/12/2015
The Plough was the name of the pub, now flats for the elderly. My father Fred Bright also worked at Ball Plastics.

General Discussion Forum : Iles and Co. by Paul Dobbs added 20/11/2015
I have noticed that after many decades Iles and Co. are no longer in the High Street – does anybody know what happened to them and it’s last owner Paul Robinson? A brilliant estate agent!

General Discussion Forum : eto soup factory by tom added 05/12/2016
hi. does anyone remember the eto soup factory in Billericay around 1961? im looking for pictures can anyone help?

General Discussion Forum : Venue for new Adult Latin American & Ballroom dance classes by Donna Diebelius F.I.S.T.D added 09/05/2017
Hi, I am a fully qualified dance teacher of Latin American & Ballroom dance, and I am looking for a hall/studio to hire for a New Adult Latin American and Ballroom Dance class which I would like to start in Billericay. Its such a fun way to keep fit, I think people in Billericay would love it, but I am having trouble finding a venue. I would like a studio where I have the opportunity to take private tuition as well. Any suggestions ?. Donna Diebelius F.I.S.T.D

Genealogy Forum : Bull Family by Keith Nock added 09/02/2015
hi i wonder if anyone can remember bull family from great burstead iam trying to sort out family tree. I am trying to trace relatives of my grandad william bull who was born in south green his dad was john bull, I think he was farmer worker. Originally posted on General Forum on 22/10/11

Genealogy Forum : Atkins Family by William Atkins added 09/02/2015
I’m doing a family tree and have been told that my great grandfather had a bootmakers in Billericay can anyone remember him his name was William Atkins married to a Lillian maud Viner any pics etc . many thanks. This was originally posted on the General Forum on 25/01/2012

Genealogy Forum : Patricia Ann Murrell by Malcom Caldwell added 09/02/2015
I am trying to find out about Patricia Ann Murrell (née Gray) who was born and lived in Billericay. Her parents were Percy and Maime (Mary) Gray. She married Reginald Murrell in Brentwood in 1958. My reason for asked is that I am her cousin and have never met or spoken to her. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks. This was originally posted on the General Forum on 26/04/2014

Genealogy Forum : Relatives of Miss Mary Needham by Sarah-Joy Maddeaux added 09/02/2015
I am trying to trace any remaining relatives of Miss Mary Needham, the daughter of the last master of the Billericay Union Workhouse (Walter Needham). I understand she had some half-siblings, Walter, Charles, and Helen – does anyone know how to get in touch with them? I would like to get permission to use a recording of Miss Needham. Many thanks. This was originally posted on the General Forum on 22/05/2014

Genealogy Forum : Lost relatives great grandfather and mother by David Lacey added 01/04/2015
Just wondered if James Murray Lacey and Lucy Sarah Lacey are buried in the cemetery in Billericay? Any information would be appreciated . Thanks David Lacey

Genealogy Forum : Cemetery search by Brian added 09/08/2015
Hi, I am trying to find any info or photos of Edward Sharp, lived I believe at “Niagra” Laindon, died Dec 1950,and buried in Billericay?, Ethel May Sharp, my nan, moved to canvey island, Cheers,Brian

Genealogy Forum : Re: Cemetery search by Sue Odell added 09/09/2017
I have found a little information for you via the web but it would need to be checked. Edward Sharp (who died in Billericay on 19 December 1950) appears to have been born in London on 24 May 1872. His parents seem to have been Henry Wm 1841-1919, a dairyman, married to Sarah Jane Parslow 1840-1916. His siblings were Annie b c 1870 and Harry H b c 1877. Edward was a cab driver (classified as groom) in London at the time of the 1891 census. Does any of this ring a bell?

Genealogy Forum : Rowbottom family history by patrick palmer added 11/09/2015
Looking for information regarding Esther and John Rowbottom who lived in Grange Road Great Burstead until they died in the 1940s. Any information appreciated.

Genealogy Forum : Corby Family by Jennifer Darrington added 05/10/2015
I am trying to trace relatives with the surname of CORBY who lived in Billericay in the 1950’s. Any information at all would be appreciated

Genealogy Forum : Doris Mills or Minnie Walters by Andy Collings added 04/12/2015
Looking for the family of Doris Mills or Minnie Walters from Billericay. I’m trying to trace a family tree for a relative of yours that live in LA. If you know them or they are your family please PM me.

Genealogy Forum : june palmer by murray taylor added 14/02/2016
Looking for June Palmer from Essex. Emigrated on SS Rangitata to Wellington New Zealand in1951. Married a Geoffrey Jennings in 1952 and subsequently moved to New South Wales, Australia. Her parents were Alfred Emmanuel Palmer and Miriam Palmer of Billericay. I was a friend and would love to hear from her.

Genealogy Forum : Merrington Farm, Buttsbury, via Billericay by Roy Price added 13/08/2016
I refer to the story posted at this location:. http://boards.ancestry.com.au/surnames.merrington/28/mb.ashx. I have reason to believe that my great great grandfather William Price was an employee (as a currier and bootmaker) of the William Merrington at their farm at Buttsbury around 1815. I will be travelling from Australia to the UK in Sept 2016 and am very interested in knowing the specific location of the Merrington family farm. If anyone has knowledge they can share I would be most grateful. Sincerely

Genealogy Forum : Re: Merrington Farm, Buttsbury, via Billericay by Jim Devlin added 13/08/2016
The excellent book “The Lost Farms of Billericay” shows that in 1839 Hanakins Farm was occupied by William Merrington. The area today know as the Hanakins Farm Community Centre and playing fields was owned by William Mackinnon of Buckwins Farm. William Merrington occupied the area south west of the sports field, which today is housing either side of Linda Gardens with Mountnessing Road as the southern edge. Hanakins Farmhouse still exists on Mountnessing Road. Records show that William Merrington also owned Lawness Farm immediately to the west. Lawness farm buildings still exist just before the bridge in Mountnessing Road and are industrial units,

Genealogy Forum : Gull family by Elizabeth Cugnolio née Gull added 09/10/2016
My grandfather is recorded as being born here 1901. Possibly farm labourers. Curious to know more.

Genealogy Forum : gilliard family history by josephine crittall née gilliard added 05/03/2017
I have traced my ancestry back to 1841 and the family were living at kings head, Billericay, Stanford le hope, Essex does this address still exist today. I am looking for Benjamin Gilliard born in prettywell in 1793. They were waterman sailing barges on the river. Is there any books about waterman in Essex. Also I have a John Gilliard found dead in the river in the parish of fibbing in 1879 I understand this is in the sub district of orsett. Can anyone help.

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