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 and Church scenes from old postcards.

Gold Anchor?

The name of the village, 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.

+ family and group photos

Street names           House & farm names

 recent:   Historic buildings in Goldhanger


St Peters Church

The Village School

The Chequers Inn

The history and features of the Church on an interactive plan and in time order starting at 400AD.

The school has had a long and varied history and was always at the centre of village life.

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

+  The Tower, The Bells & Ellacombe Chimes

+ Cricketers Inn photos & history


 Characters from the past

 Art from the Past

Goldhanger Lost

Portraits of local people who have left a mark on village life.

“Only gone when finally forgotten”

Many artists from the past have had inspiration from local scenes. A selection of their work is presented here.

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

+ recent... Local Authors  and  Characters

including: The Chapel near Chappel Farm


Maps from the past

Interactive historical maps

Virtual Museum  &  Library

Sixteen local maps showing the village over a period of 200 years from 1770 on.      plus:

Past aerial views

A map of the village with links to descriptions of the historical features. Plus other maps...

Surrounding area



An exhibition of local artefacts from the past, plus a library of literature associated with the village.      recent:

Signs & Posters


 Prospecting for Gold

The Great War

World War Two

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

19 Goldhanger men lost their lives in WW-1. Includes...

Zeppelin Busters

HMS Osea

WW-1 Armistice

No lives were lost in the village in WW-2, but lots happened...


newpaper articles

locals who served


 Estuary Activities

Salt extraction


Many activities linked to the Estuary have influenced village life in the past. including:

Commercial fishing

Sea salt has been produced around the estuary an in this village for centuries. The history has now been documented.

A interactive map of the archaeology sites and finds around the village, the 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

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

 Tragedies in the past  &  Local railways

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 site webpages.

A collection of 40 videos relating to Goldhanger, plus the 1977, 2002 & 2012...

Jubilee celebrations


timeless Panoramic,  recent  Village  &  Churchyard scenes

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