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Hullbridge Village History

Welcome to Dave Wiffen's Postcard Gallery.

Here you will find Copies of postcards owned by Dave.
This section is for Alfred Padgett.

The images are just thumbnails of the main picture which can be accessed by simply left clicking on the relevant image.

Alfred Padgett.
Padgett 6002
Hullbridge Ferry

View of Hullbridge from across the River Crouch. In the foreground are the revetments that were part of the causeway. On the left of the causeway is Rose Cottage and the old Anchor Inn to the right is Wharf cottage, Hullbridge Pavilion and Gunn Cottage. The wooden post running in front of the Pavilion (now Smugglers Den), show the outline of the wharf that was used to off load cargo to be stored in the barn. This was primarily coal and building materials transported on Thames Barges in the 19th Cent., to be sold at Rayleigh. The coming of the railway to Rayleigh is thought to be the demise of this business.
Padgett 6003

The photo shows Hullbridge by the old Anchor Inn and Montague House. The wall on the left is the front garden wall of Mr Smith's home, Montague House that was later turned into Wayfarers Cafe and then Simla, beyond that is the entrance to the Hullbridge Tea Gardens which was the first cottage of Anchor Cottages.A sign advertising the Hullbridge Pavilion, now the Smugglers, is over the shop door. Opposite is the original Anchor pub owned then by Mr Hitchen. In the back ground is a pile of mud, that is is all thats left of 5 terraced houses that you can see in Fred Spaldings postcards.
Padgett 6005
On the beach

A bus or coach driver look on as kids play amongst the revetments on Hullbridge's side of the river.
Padgett 6011

A lady walks down Ferry Road past the Mission Hall on the left.She is coming up to Wells Cottage on the right and Shell Cottage on the left.
Padgett 6012
Hullbridge Garden Estate

This shows the first development by Mr Eddie of his Garden Estate. This was the start of the expansion of Hullbridge joining Hullbridge and High Elms. All the properties on the left had a ditch running in front of them which was the main source of drainage and so each one had to have a small bridge to cross the ditch. In the background is an undeveloped Coventry Hill and at the bottom is a lerge building which was originally intended to be a tea room and shop and eventually became known as Coventry Corner Stores. Across the road from there is Hullbridge Timber Supplies, very handy considering all the development being done by Mr Eddie. You can read more about Mr Eddie in the memories of his grandson Spencer Welsh.
Padgett 6013
Hullbridge Road

It is unclear where this photo was taken as Ferry Road has been called many names before it became firmly established as Ferry Road. The contour of the land is not conclusive either as long straight roads with a slight kink at the end are all around. What this does show though is how Hullbridge was covered with large trees that over hung the roads.
Padgett 6016
Kingsmans Farm

Mr Padgett took a walk along the Riverbank as if heading towards Brandy Hole, which would not have been there at this time and he came upon Kingsman Farm and a little further beyond that Tapps Cottage.
Padgett 6018
By the Ferry Hullbridge

This shows boats moored near the Hullbridge Pavilion.The white hut in the background belongs to the Ferryman Dick Hymas. The small stakes sticking out after the third boat are the remains of the jetty belonging to the Pavilion when it was a barn used to store coal etc.,
Padgett 6019
Pools Farm Lane

In 1843 Mrs Poole owned Cracknells farm and her land included fields where the lane has a 2nd S bend (Long Lane). It would appear Pooles Lane obtained its name from her family. Also down Pooles Lane at the same time was Lynes Farm owned by Mrs Vanderlee and farmed by Mr George Law. This was quite a large farm with land either side of the lane from the 10 Brick makers cottages to the 2nd S bend. The land beyond that S bend was part of Kingsman Farm, and just a short way beyond that Cope's (Tapps) Farm. These farms were serviced with a path not a road. This photo is most likely taken near Lynes Farm just beyond where the birck workers cottages are today because the terrain in the background is flat. For that reason it is unlikely to be what is today, Long Lane , even though it was previously called Pooles Lane because it is not flat.
Padgett 6020

Here we see Rose Cottage and the old Anchor Inn on the left side and opposite is Wharf Cottage and the Anchor Cottages with the Tea gardens at the end of it. Beyond that is the garden wall of Montague House and on the corner of the wall you can see the post box from which Postman Penday ? would collect the mail .You can see a hand drawn plan of the village as it was at this time by going to the memories of HARRY WRIGHT In the background up the hill you can see the imposing Wells Cottage on the left followed by two large cottages and the school.
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