Memories of Cranfield Park Road

Fishmonger in Cranfield Park Road, late 1920s?

I am researching my family history, and a birth certificate gives the family home as : INYATI, Cranfield Park Road, Wickford. My grandfather was a fishmonger/fish & chip shop proprietor, and whether the shop was at the family address or in a nearby village or town is a mystery to me. The family was Italian with the name GONNELLA and lots of children. They seem to have arrived in 1924/25, and they moved on to Leigh-on-Sea in around 1930. Please help with any scraps of information !

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  • Mr M, Thank you for the information. The Gonnella family would have only lived at your house when it was Inyati, because in 1939 their address was a fish & chip shop in London Road Leigh. I think that maybe they had rented Inyati (or part of it) for a while. This is good enough for my family research purposes. Thanks again.

    By Geoff Gonella (31/03/2022)
  • Mr M who now lives at this property contacted us with the following information –
    “The name changed from Inyati to the Paddock between the dates of 1949 and 1955.
    I have all the deeds and paperwork going back to 1902 and am sure this was built around 1890.
    I do not see the name of Gonnella on any of the previous owners’ deeds.
    Interesting though, a previous owner got a witness to sign the deed and he was a fishmonger of 69 High Street Wickford, by the name of John Thompson. This was in 1949”.

    In the front of this property was a general stores, unless that was used to sell fish?

    By Editor (31/03/2022)
  • Mr M, thanks very much for posting this information. I had wondered if ‘Inyati’ was pulled down to make way for the Wick Estate development!

    By Geoff Gonella (29/03/2022)
  • Very interesting. I actually own the property now, and it’s called ‘The Paddock’, Cranfield Park Road. I do understand and have documents that it was originally called ‘Inyati’.

    By Mr M (22/03/2022)
  • Thank you David,
    Some great information there. I knew about Nancy from the death certificate and that there was an ‘Obituary’ in British Newspaper Archives via FindMyPast, but all sorts of numbers came up for microfilm references etc. So I couldn’t see anything useful on screen; I might go to the ERO one day and see if they have the microfilm. The 1061 London Road I had noted from a Kellys Directory and I’ve had a general look at the place on Street View. I didn’t know about her burial details, thank you for that too.

    By Geoff Gonella (06/10/2021)
  • Hello Peter,
    Thank you very much for that! Yes it most likely is. I had a problem understanding the old-fashioned handwriting.

    By Geoff Gonella (06/10/2021)
  • The property in Cranfield Park Road, Wickford was called “Inyati”. Nancy Gonnella, the daughter of Louis Antoni and Margaret Gonnella died at Inyati on 9 March 1928 at 5am. The cause of death was inflammation of the kidneys and heart failure. She was 2 years and 4 months of age. At the time of her death there were 8 children including Nancy. There was an inquest into her death and this was reported in the Essex Newsman on Saturday 17 March 1928. Louis was referred to as a stranger so it would appear the family had only just arrived in Wickford. Nancy was the first person to be interred at the then new Nevendon Road Cemetery.
    A Louis Gonnella involved in the fish trade had connections with 1061 London Road Leigh, which you may or may not be aware of.

    By David C Rayment (06/10/2021)
  • There used to be an “Inyati” in Cranfield Park Road. Could that have been the house?

    By Peter Ostrowski (04/10/2021)

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