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Heybridge Basin

The wooden building that is now St Georges Chapel in Heybridge Basin was orignally the Sergeants Mess at the Goldhanger Flight Station.

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Salcot Mill

Before it became a four mill the site was previously a saltworks and site of a tidemill, recorded at one time within the Goldhanger Parish.

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Vaulty Manor

Vaulty Manor was given to Charles Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, by Henry VIII in 1538. Much later on it was the home of Henry Coe Coape, a local well known Victorian author. The name of Vaulty Manor has been spelt many different ways over the years and today is at the very western edge of the parish. Today Vaulty Manor is a wedding and corporate events venue. More details in... Local farms

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Wash Bridge

Wash bridge was most probably the site of a watermill that once belonged to Vaulty Manor. A little further down the brook and shown on early maps there was once a cottage occupied by the decoyman who worked the nearby decoy pond.

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Gardeners Farm

The field adjacent to the main road was the site of the WW-1 Flight Station and is now a farm shop. More details in... Local farms

 

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Chappel Farm

Chappel Farm is just over the parish boundary in Lt Totham. The name of the farm is derived from the Grove chapel that was nearby where Brick Cottages now stand. This was the site of a cross-roads between an east-west inland track between Goldhanger and Maldon and a north-south track between Osea Island and Tiptree.

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Little London Farm

Little London Farm is within Goldhanger Parish and in the 1940s-50s was the summer home of Jack Cohen founder of the TESCO supermarket chain.  While living at Little London Farm he created Goldhanger Fruit Farms at Tolleshunt Major, which was a fruit and vegetable canning factor. More details in... Local farms

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Little Totham Church and Hall

For centuries All Saints Church Little Totham and St Peters Church Goldhanger have been a shared benefice. The Revd. Gardner dedicated the East window at All Saints to his son Cyril Gardner who was killed in the Great War. The two villages also had the same Lord of the Manor and Lt Totham Hall, which is adjacent to All Saints Church, was the seat of the Lt Totham-cum-Goldhanger Lord of the Manor.

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Tolleshunt Major

Jack Cohen, founder of the TESCO supermarket chain, created Goldhanger Fruit Farms in Tolleshunt Major, while living at Little London Farm. It is now called the Beckingham Business Park. Today Wicks Manor at Tolleshunt Major is a B&B.

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Beckingham Hall

In the 16th century Beckingham Hall was a grand Tudor style building with an impressive gatehouse and a large estate embracing several farms, including Highams Farm. The Hall was gifted by Henry VIII to Stephen Beckenham in 1544. Later owners included Sir Christopher Clitherow (1578-1641) and the Revd Dr Daniel Williams (1643-1711) both of whom established local charities for the poor in the area. For two hundred years the gateway at Beckinham Hall has been an attractive subject for artists. For more on about the Hall see... Beckingham Hall history.

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Tudwick Road

The Treacle pits discovered alongside the Tudwick Road around 1890 are said to have influenced the author of Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll who stayed at the Goldhanger Rectory as the guest of the Revd. C B Leigh at the time the story was being written around 1865 and included the famous Treacle Mines. A long, and apparently serious article about the Tudwick treacle pits was published in the 1972 edition of the Essex Police Magazine, and a copy is held in the local archives. The article explains that the molasses originated from sugar beet imported from the continent through local ports and stored in fields along the Tudwick Road, but were never used due to a collapse in prices.

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Tolleshunt Darcy

Famous Dr Henry Salter lived in Darcy House, Tolleshunt Darcy between 1864 and 1932 and was the GP for a large area that included Goldhanger. His 400 page published biography with extensive extracts from his diary contains many references to Goldhanger and the immediate area, and has a wealth of local historical medical information in it which has enabled Public Health at Goldhanger to be documented. Dr Salter was also had a major involvement in the Spitzbergen explorations.

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Rockleys

Rockleys farmhouse is just inside Tolleshunt Major parish, but has several connections with Goldhanger. In February 1918 Second Lieutenant Sydney Armstrong from Goldhanger Flight Station was killed near Rockleys when his plane crashed there. He is buried in a military grave in St Peter's Church Goldhanger and named on the War Memorial.

 

In the 1940s the McMullen family lived there, and Mrs Maude McMullen was president and producer of many of the Goldhanger Players productions. The family commissioned Goldhanger builder Bernard Mann to convert the ancient barn at Rockleys to use it for musical evenings, plays and social events. Today The Barn is available as self-catering holiday accommodation.

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Longwick Farm

On the boundary between Goldhanger and Tolleshunt Major parishes, Longwick Farm was once within Goldhanger parish. In 1787 there was a legal dispute between the Rector of Goldhanger Church and the owner of Longwick Farm and a trial about payment of Tithes, but the Rector gave up the claim. A report of the court action is held in Ancient documents. Today Maldon Crystal Salt Co. have a seasalt processing plant in the farm buildings there, and the Longwick farmhouse is the nearest B&B to the village. More details in... Local farms

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Highams Farm

Highams Farm is on the border between Tolleshunt Major and Goldhanger parishes, and was also part of Beckingham Hall estate. The farm is named after the Higham family who were the owners in the 15th and 16th century and had the Lady Chapel built on St Peters Church. Their family tomb is in the chapel. In the early 20th century Highams Farm and Old Rectory Farm were farmed by Charles Page. More details in... Local farms

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Lauriston Farm

Lauriston Farm formerly had the name of Harveys Farm. It was changed by a Mr Laurie, who owned the farm and farmhouse in the early 1900s. He shipped large quantities of stones and shingle from the Blackwater Estuary foreshore to London and renamed the farm Lauriston. Today Lauriston Farm is a managed using Biodynamic Organic Techniques, is Site of Special Scientific Interest and offers educational courses and visitor tours. An ancient decoy pond close to the seawall and the farm has recently been restored, and oyster beds also close by have been re-developed in recent years.

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Osea Island

Over the centuries there have been many links between the village and Osea Island. During WW-1 there was a very large naval base on the island known as HMS Osea.

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Blackwater Estuary

The village has been involved in many Estuary activites over the centuries.

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