#52Ancestors Week 30 ‘The Old Country’

Welcome to Week 30 of my Genealogy challenge, from the wonderful Amy Johnson Crow, of writing something about your Ancestors for a whole year, #52Ancestors in 52 weeks. This week’s prompt is ‘The Old Country’.

For me ‘The Old Country’ is Essex, my old stomping ground and where all my Direct Line Male Ancestors were Born.

Myself in 1964 in Billericay, Essex.

My Dad, Frank William George Chiddicks, in 1937 in Grays, Essex.

His Dad, Horace Frank Chiddicks, in 1907 in Grays, Essex.

His Dad, William Chiddicks, in 1866 in South Ockendon, Essex.

His Dad Matthew Chiddicks, in 1844 in South Ockendon, Essex.

His Dad James Chiddicks, in 1806 in South Fambridge, Essex.

What about the next Dad, Samuel Chiddicks born approximately 1761, of course we have no idea where he was Born!

So let’s share a few pictures of my old country and my families villages as they were back when they were walking the streets.

The Chiddicks home on the left of the pub

(Plough Cottages to the left of The Plough Inn was where the Chiddicks family resided in South Ockendon, Essex)


(The Bridge over the Mardyke between Ockendon and Stifford in Essex)


(The Windmill at South Ockendon, Essex)


(South Road, Ockendon, Essex)


(South Road, Ockendon, Essex)

High Street Looking South


(South Ockendon Independent Chapel, South Ockendon, Essex)


(Inside the Independent Chapel)


(Independent Chapel)

The remaining pictures from South Ockendon are labelled where they were taken.



















(The Railway at South Ockendon – The Chiddicks family worked the railways)


The next two pictures are of South Fambridge, the first known ‘stomping ground’ for The Chiddicks Family


(All Saints Church South Fambridge)


(The Stage Coach to Southend that passed through South Fambridge)


There you have it, a few pictures from a bygone era, showing where my Chiddicks family originated from and where they ended up.

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10 thoughts on “#52Ancestors Week 30 ‘The Old Country’

  1. Well although I’m no carriage expert, I think the paintings of coaches by Lee Cooper Henderson (1803-1877) show a similar construction. This looks a classic mid 19th century “coach and four” stage/mail coach design where some of the roof luggage space has been adapted to take passengers. Ive just found the link below which says that in the 1880s there was a nostalgic revival for this kind of transport (hopefully with the full complement of 4 horses!). By 1900, the omnibus (enclosed elongated carriage) was replacing the older designs (we have a picture of such a vehicle made by Bligh Bros of Canterbury taken in 1909).The top hats might suggest dating 1880s – this looks like gentlemen posing.

    Click to access Road-Transport-History-Association-Journal-69-August-2012.pdf

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