In years past, when we still got snow instead of winter floods, I took some photos at St Peter’s Church in Thundersley. One of the images is of a car burnt out in the charred ruins of a lean-to near St Peter’s on Church Road. I understood that it was the Vicar’s car. Now I wish I had photographed the whole scene. My memory placed the pictures in the 1980s, but I may be wrong, because there is a story that the Revd. Woodcock sat ‘watching the moon landing whilst the barns were on fire’. The barn was Thundersley’s old tithe barn where the church hall now stands. Apparently other old church treasures were housed there, including an old pulpit from a burnt-out church in Devon, John Pond’s Fair Stalls and the 1660 Coat of Arms, as well as the Vicar’s car in the lean-to.
The first moon landing was on 20 July 1969, so that does not equate with my snow image, but there were six landings in all. Do you remember when Thundersley’s tithe barn burnt down? Are there any records? There are early photographs including the barn(s) and they are still shown on a map of 1962. Of interest also are the buildings a little further east, where Kingston Primary School now stands. Would they be the barracks that once held prisoners of war? On the 1971 map the barns are missing and the school has replaced the barracks.
Thanks to Jonathan Stamp for the parish maps and his helpful interest and information.