Nanny Ede's Cottage

An enquiry: Ian Davidson

I am hoping to find information on a cottage formerly known as 105 London Road, Hadleigh and which faced Hadleigh Methodist Church in Church Lane. This would have been in the early 1960s and was occupied by Mrs Elizabeth Ede, my step-grandmother.
Adjoining  at 107 London Road was a family by the name of Allen, spelling unsure, who had perhaps 5 or 6 children. The other side at 103 lived an elderly man known to us only as Henry.
On the pretext of planned road widening of the London Road at that time, cottages 103, 105 and 107 were demolished, I believe, in 1962. Mrs Ede had been moved to a Wiggins retirement bungalow at 3 or 5 Florence Close, Hadleigh, where she lived unhappily until her death in 1965.
Also, I would like to know if I can find an article in the archives of the Southend & County Pictorial. The short article was about Mrs Ede’s cottage which had the façade rendered to mimic “crazy paving”; the newspaper thought it was worthy of mention so included it in the paper around 1959 or 1960.

{Ed: Eileen Gamble has kindly located a picture of the area and an Electoral Register from 1937 which shows Elizabeth Ede residing in 1 Pleasant Row, London Road.
On another page in the same document also living at number 1 is a gentleman by the name of Thomas William Davidson.}

Comments about this page

Add your own comment

  • Eileen: Yes please to the photo looking west from Waggon & Horses; do you have a date for it?

    Also, have you any idea when the other picture “Along the Causeway…” dates from? It shows a large property standing where my nan’s cottage would have stood. The character in the middle of the road with a bicycle appears to be a WWI soldier.


    By Ian Davidson (26/06/2020)
  • Firstly, thanks to all for responses which are being looked into.

    Matt: yes I recall the sweet shop and from what I can remember it was shored up with a couple of timbers on the side to stop it collapsing! It was more like a converted weatherboarded shed with the entrance door and large window facing south. Wasn’t it in the same grounds as the little red brick ‘school’ which I think is still there?

    Eileen: thank you so much for that info. It came as quite a shock to read of this ‘gentleman’ staying there as that was my dad! Why was he there, I ask?? “…On another page in the same document…” suggests this was 1937 – mum and dad got married in 1935 across the road at the Methodist Church in Chapel Lane so maybe there is the link?

    By Ian Davidson (26/06/2020)
  • I have a photo taken from opposite where the Waggon & Horses stood, looking west towards London and the cottages are just visible. Happy to share this with you.

    By Eileen Gamble (05/06/2020)
  • That was one of the few food shops open on Sunday. A bit dodgy parking on the dual carriageway, though.

    By Terry Palmer (30/05/2020)
  • This would be on the site of where Runwood Homes offices now stand. It’s a long shot, but if you can find any old pics of the now demolished Waggon & Horses pub, there may be a chance of her old cottage being captured.

    Incidentally, does anyone remember the small sweet/ convenience shop a couple of doors along from there?

    By Matt (29/05/2020)

Add a comment about this page

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *