Three views from St Peter's Thundersley
With an excerpt from Rev. Maley's own book
Recent postcard acquisitions afford some historic views across Thundersley.
The famous little book by Rev. E A Maley “The Ancient Parish of Thundersley” includes the Rector’s own description of the view from the church, as follows.
” As I write, June 12th, 1937, a great storm was raging the previous night, which this morning’s London papers describe as ‘devastating.’ In the Southend area bus routes were curtailed because of trees struck down across the roads.
Although we could see the spectacular flashes all round, and the forks zig-zagging all along the horizon, the storm did not cross over us. It can easily be imagined that such a vision is grand even if it be awful. Sometimes we have watched all through the night as the storm passed up to London on the Kent side along the Thames, and returned on the North Essex side along the Crouch.
The two rivers are all responsible for another beautiful and grand phenomenon, as a rain storm is sweeping from the west.” Continuing on Page 41.
In addition to over 110 pages of Rev. Maley’s dynamic prose, the Archive has added a brief biography of Rev. Maley.
A limited number of copies are now available in a facsimile edition.