Goldhanger is a small and ancient village in Essex with a long history

 located on the north bank of the Blackwater Estuary three miles east of Maldon...


audio introduction:




Early postcards & photos


 Name of the village


 Descriptions of the Village

A selection of street scenes and estuary scenes mainly from old postcards.

Gold anchor

Gold Anchor?

 The name of the village, and the streets, houses and farms have had many variants over the centuries.


Selected words from the past that convey a view of village life, from magazines and newspapers, etc.

+ Cricketers Inn photos & history

Street names           House&farm names

       + past newspaper extracts


St Peters Church

Virtual Museum & Library

The Chequers Inn

Churchyard with old pathway

The history and features of the Parish Church chronologically starting at 400AD.


An exhibition of small artefacts  from the past and a library of literature associated with the village.



The 500 year old inn at the centre of village has a fascinating tale to tell.

+ The Bells & Ellacombe Chimes support


 Characters from the past

 Art from the Past

Goldhanger Lost

Portraits of local people who have left a mark. They are remembered here.    latest:

The Gurton family

Fish st, P Padfield, 1956

Many artists have taken inspiration from village scenes and a selection of their work is here.


The buildings and features of the village that have disappeared but can still be seen in photos.

+details of  Local Authors   Characters

latest: Chapel near Chappel Farm


Maps from the past

Interactive historical map

The surrounding area


Sixteen local maps showing the village and covering a period of 200 years from 1770 until 1980.

A map of the village with many of the historical features shown with links to their descriptions.

An interactive map of the area identifying places with strong local connections  +

Beckingham Hall


 Prospecting for Gold

Local farms in the past

Two World Wars

Camp Mansfield 2

In 1906 five villagers went  to Spitzbergen to seek gold, led by Ernest Mansfield, it was a 20yr quest.

An interactive map with links to the history of farms once in the village & nearby.

Hangers, or sheds, at Goldhanger

19 men lost their lives in WW-1. An airfield & RN base were close by:

Zeppelin Busters

HMS Osea

WW-2 memories


 Estuary Activities

Salt extraction


Jetty at the Shoe in 1934

There have been many activities linked to the Estuary influencing village life in the past. Including:

Osea Island

Sea salt has been produced around the estuary an in the village for centuries. The history and its evolution has now been uncovered.

Interactive map of the archaeology finds and sites around the village, creek  and the estuary.


Did you know about...

Natural History

The Maura Benham Book


More information about village life and features from the past, including:


Features in and around the village of special natural history interest affected by. . .

the Local climate

P0 cover

The complete text of the only known published book on the history of the village.

Transport in the past & Frank Wellington

Time Line

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Local Videos

An extensive list of events of all village life from 500K BC and today, with many links to webpages.

A collection of over 20 videos relating to Goldhanger + the 1977, 2002 & 2012..

Jubilee celebrations



timeless panoramic & recent scenes


about us & recent changes                this page was updated in: Dec 2017              full site map