Barge: The 'Hadleigh Castle'

31 March 1901

By Robert Hallmann

Is there a picture anywhere of this barge, or any other information? According to the Census 39-year-old James Anderson from South Benfleet was Master Bargeman in 1901 and his mate was 28-year-old Joseph Mallett from Peldon. Both men were single. 

Photo:The 'Hadleigh Castle' as mentioned in the 1901 Census

The 'Hadleigh Castle' as mentioned in the 1901 Census

This page was added by Robert Hallmann on 05/01/2014.
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Hi Robert, Have you tried the Society for Sailing Barge Reseach. Their latest compendium on sailing barges has very little, therefore there won't be a lot of info, but they may have a picture. Records show she was registered at Maldon, official number was 82391 and what happened to her is unknown. The official number would indicate that she was likely to have been built in early 1880s. Interestingly my sailing barge home had a 'Mallett' as skipper during 1940s - Felix. See page 32 of 'May Flower'. They were a 'Blackwater' family. Felix died in 1982...  

By Nick Ardley
On 20/01/2014