ID: PH01

TitlePeldon History Project
AbstractThe Peldon History Project is an organisation of volunteers who study and record the history of Peldon, Essex, in terms of its physical history and social history.

Techniques used include internet searching, Records Office searching, newspaper archive study, interviewing, transcribing documents, and tracing the histories of the old-established families, businesses, buildings and activities in Peldon.

We are also building up an image library and a collection of artefacts. The intention is to make our findings publicly accessible via a website, and perhaps through other means such as printed material and special displays or events.

We report on our activities and research findings in the local media, and we welcome involvement from residents in Peldon and surrounding areas, whether it be to share their own memories, knowledge or historical possessions, or to take part in the Project itself.

Contact persons and the the topics covered:

Bill Tamblyn
  - St. Mary's Church
  - Friends of St Mary's
  - Peldon Fete
  - Millennium Celebrations
  - Other businesses
  - Wildlife and livestock - bees
  - Business complexes

Elaine Barker
  - Neighbourhood News from ECS 1931-1948.
  - Captain Swing Wage Rising
  - War Ag Eviction of farmer at Pete Tye
  - 1953 floods
  - The Peldon Vulture
  - Wildlife in Peldon
  - The story of each Listed Building
  - Individual farms
  - Bowls Club
  - Gardening Club
  - Chapel
  - School
  - Village Hall
  - Reservoir - people displaced
  - Peldon Players
  - Peldon Rose - part
  - Shops
  - Post Offices
  - The Forge
  - Service Station
  - Women's Land Army
  - Buildings - (not farms or listed buildings) - part
  - Harry Ponder
  - Earthquake
  - Eric & Jan Coan

Geoff Gonella
  - George Scales
  - John Scales
  - The Plough
  - Private Dines
  - Air Warfare over Peldon
  - Ivor Walklett
  - Peldon Home Guard
  - Hyde Park Corner
  - Pyefleet House (also known as Strood Close)
  - Mike Watson
  - Ronald 'David' Wilson
  - Reservoir - train
  - Peldon Rose - part
  - Buildings (not farms or listed buildings) - part
  - Linda di Mizio (née Starling)
  - Phyllis Day (née Wilson)
  - John Milgate

If you have memories, photographs, or would like to help, we would love to hear from you. You can email

The Peldon History Project was started in 2015 to record the history of the village and its people, and to build on the work of Kay Gilmour from the 1940s.

Peldon resident and historian Kay Gilmour researched the history of Peldon and wrote a manuscript entitled 'Peldon in Essex - A Village over the Marshes'. This manuscript was typed, printed and bound in around 1950 and copies are quite rare. A copy is however, available in the Local Interest room of Colchester General Library.

Go to Peldon History Project Home Page.

SourceMersea Museum