Photographs around Wickford, some unknown locations.

From the John Neville Collection

Jepsoms, harness makers shop, Wickford
River Crouch, Wickford
The Crouch, Wickford
Taken in September, 1929. Who are the men?
Where in Wickford is this?
Battlesbridge Mill
London Road, c.1932
An Old Cottage, London Road
Castledon Road
Is this Guinea Pig Hall in Runwell Road?
c.1912, Wickford, but where? Now confirmed as Swan Lane.
Jersey Gardens
Elder Avenue
Wickford High Street

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  • Photo 5 is clearly behind ‘Plush’.

    By Marie Ealding (19/10/2023)
  • Looking at the state of the river then, no wonder it flooded in 1958. When was the last time the Crouch was cleaned out? At Battlesbridge they had sailing barges up there years ago, now you couldn’t get a rowing up there. Apparently we had barges up to Wickford in the past.

    By bobcroot (24/01/2017)
  • C1912, yes that could be the junction of Swan lane and Jersey Gardens. When I was a youngster, Jersey Gardens was an unmade road and you could ride or drive out onto Swan Lane. It could have been dangerous as there were two blind corners, so it was blocked off.

    By bobcroot (23/01/2017)
  • The photo with “Where in Wickford is this?” I think this is the house next to the river Crouch from London Road.

    By Stuart Randall (19/08/2014)
  • Hi my name is sharon vernon and we moved into 15 moreland road wickford in 2007.

    I would love to find out the history of this house, I think it started out as a 2 bedroom cottage in 1910

    By sharon vernon (02/06/2014)
  • The elegant town house with ‘Where in Wickford is this?’ written underneath still exists in the High Street. It has the Halifax, and the Italian restaurant built at ground level in front of it, but you can still recognise the shape of the upper windows and roofline. Such a shame this attractive building wasn’t better preserved for the town.

    By Sue Smith (21/08/2013)
  • The picture labelled “c.1912” Wickford I believe is just as you go up Swan Lane from the Swan Pub. As you go round the S bend the two small cottages are still there. One has been returned to the original weatherboard cladding.

    By Paula Sloane (28/02/2013)
  • About the picture labelled “c.1912, Wickford, but where?”; this picture resembles Brock Hill, just up Swan Lane by reservoir, but it’s just a guess.

    By jodie (26/02/2013)
  • I live more or less opposite Guinea Pig Hall and I would be very surprised if this picture is not it. The cottages (Victoria Villas) beyond it are still there and the chimney and window at the side have not changed. A new house has been built in recent years replacing an earlier one that, by looking at this photo, looks like it replaced the tree between Guinea Pig Hall and Victoria Villas. This photo is pre 1930 which was when a number of houses opposite Guinea Pig Hall were built.

    By Lisa Bagshaw (11/04/2012)
  • I remember Jepsoms the sadlers, he used to repair my satchel when I first went to school during the 39/45 war. He was a nice old chap. I believe Garden Beauty Products had a flower shop next door.

    By bob.croot (28/02/2012)

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