A Farming Family in Thundersley, Hadleigh & Faraway Places
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.