The Harveys

A Farming Family in Thundersley, Hadleigh & Faraway Places

A Farming Family
Jonathan Stamp
The Castle Inn, first known as The Blue Boar
Hart Cottages, Church Road, (now Hart Road)

Less than a century and a half ago, before the ascendency of the internal combustion engine and just a little after the coming of the railway, much of Essex was still rural and depended on agriculture.  Into such a world the Harveys were born and flourished.

Gentleman Farmer Stephen Harvey and his family tenant-farmed much of the land around the ancient ribbon village of Thundersley.  Vivienne Salmon – the great great granddaughter of our patriarch Stephen – has made her family’s history an abiding passion for the past three decades. In this book, Vivienne tells the Harvey’s story with luminous authority and an engaging enthusiasm.

Her 95-page book includes a useful index of place-names and is a thrilling expedition of discovery amongst her ancestors,  depicting with numerous photographs the fascinating tapestry of life in Victorian and Edwardian Essex and farther afield. 

Anyone with a keen interest in South-East Essex or similar communities will find information and links developed between families, friends and institutions, inspiring the reader to empathise with a famously vibrant landscape and community. 

In addition to the Harveys,  many other families are mentioned, including:  Everard, Gillman, Griggs, Patmore, Pratt, Thorington,  Wiggins and Yeaxlee. There is also a surprising connection with Victoria, Vancouver Island.

Published in September 2021 by Hadleigh & Thundersley Community Archive.

Here’s the Essex 100 site where you can order a copy.

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