Church Road in Ramsden Bellhouse, and the original houses.

Isabel Johnson's Ramsden Bellhouse and Heath Collection

Views of Church Road and some of the original houses and bungalows. Many of them have been demolished to make way for bigger, more modern houses.

Church Road
"The rush hour", Church Road
Church Road, outside the shop
Church Road, approaching from the railway bridge
Church Road, looking from the Church towards the shop. The Chalet on the right
"Eastcroft", Church Road
"Grasmere", Church Road
"Foxcroft", Church Road
"Naomi", Church Road
"Oakleigh", Church Road
"Rozel", Church Road
"Rosebank", Church Road. Mrs Brown in the doorway.
"Gulstan", Church Road, Mr Gwyther in garden
"The Briars", Church Road
New build on site of "The Briars", Church Road
"The Chalet", Church Road
"The Gables", Church Road
"The Croft", opposite the church, Church Road

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  • My mum was born in Ramsden Bellhouse in 1941. All I know is the house had floors that weren’t level. The family were called Adams. Does anyone have any information on where this house might have stood?

    By Lynne Hankin (11/11/2020)
  • I lived at “Rozel” from 1972, until I married in 1980. The house was previously owned by a gentleman called Mr Clarke, who was found passed away inside sadly. As a child I always felt a “presence” in the house, and had many unnerving experiences. It is no longer called “Rozel” and is situated opposite the old police houses.

    By Karen Chaney (25/04/2020)
  • My Nan and Grandad lived at “Fairholme”, Church Road – Emily and Herbert Gower, along with their sons Arthur and Stanley, and (daughters?) Mildred, Edith and my mum, Gladys.

    By Linda Elmy (20/01/2020)
  • I have lived at ‘The Chalet’, Church Road, with my husband and now two children for the past 18 years. Looking back at the history on this forum, I am interested to know why our house is so different from the other bungalows shown on Church Road. Because of its name ‘The Chalet’ and the Swiss style of the property and rumours of it being built by German prisoners of war? Can anyone enlighten us? It’s so lovely to be part of the history of Ramsden Bellhouse, and to have restored the property as best as we could rather than knock it down from the condition on which we purchased the house. Many thanks.

    By Brenda Sofroniou (28/12/2019)
  • Update on some people I remember living in Ramsden Bellhouse, late 1940/50:
    Thorns the milkman, farm in Orchard Ave, son Billy.
    The Fox and Hounds Pub. Mr and Mrs Price, daughter Brenda (Hayward).
    E.M.Davies Garden Nursery. Daughter Gladys and son Ronnie.
    Fred and Gladys Smith builders.
    Len Barker.
    Thomas Sowerbutts.
    Alma Turnbull.
    Forsters, son Michael.
    Mr and Mrs Ball, son John.
    Many more people but it is hard to recall their names….

    By Barbara Gerrens nee Turnbull (09/05/2019)
  • I am trying to find a house in Ramsden Heath.
    A relative lived there during 1930s. The house was called Quatre Bras. I’ve no idea where in Ramsden it was or if it is still there. Be grateful for help please.

    By Sue Bignell (23/04/2019)
  • I lived in Church Road, at ‘Little Warrens’, next to Davis nursery which was 3 doors down from the church. I was married in the church in 1953, and have revisited only last month to find our bungalow had disappeared, along with many other bungalows. I too was saddened to see so much change. The church is still pretty and well looked after. On Sundays I remember the church bells ringing out, “come to church, come to church”. Davis nursery where I worked for a while, managed by Tommy Sowerbutts, all gone. We had great times down in the village hall on dance nights, and playing tennis. Many fond memories!

    By Barbara Gerrens nee Turnbull (10/11/2018)
  • My grandparents, Grace and William Overing, bought the Gables (see above) in the mid 1920s, and my mother was born there. She lived there with her seven siblings until 1953, and then we used to have an annual holiday there.
    It was the best place in the world and I still miss it.
    It’s such a shame that all those beautiful old houses have been replaced or changed beyond recognition.

    By Rosalind Locke (18/10/2018)
  • I am doing my family history, and discovered that a relation, David Ward, died at ‘The Retreat’, Ramsden Heath. I cannot find anything about this.
    I found probate records saying he left nearly £500 to his wife Sarah Jane.  She and her daughter were still living at The Retreat in the 1911 Census records.  Would you know how I could find out more about The Retreat and whether there are any records which would throw light on my relatives involvement with The Retreat.

    Bernie Muir

    [Editor’s Note: Anyone interested in tracing the history of their house may find this Essex Record Office leaflet useful.]

    History of my House

    By Bernie Muir (24/03/2015)

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