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Sep 14th, 2010 at 9:42pm
 
I have just read a lovely little book called Maud & Joe-a true love story of Southend by Jim Worsdale. He writes about growing up in Southend-the title being his parents-his dad was a local policeman. 1940s onwards.
There is mention of St Erkenwald's church with a tall spire-the sketch shows a huge building. I have no recollection of this church. Have googled it and read there was a fire. Is it now demolished?
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Reply #1 - Sep 14th, 2010 at 10:24pm
 
J W is the man Jill. He has got all the knowledge.  i was told by my mum that my grandad helped to build it.
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Reply #2 - Sep 14th, 2010 at 11:28pm
 
Jill wrote on Sep 14th, 2010 at 9:42pm:
I have just read a lovely little book called Maud & Joe-a true love story of Southend by Jim Worsdale. He writes about growing up in Southend-the title being his parents-his dad was a local policeman. 1940s onwards.
There is mention of St Erkenwald's church with a tall spire-the sketch shows a huge building. I have no recollection of this church. Have googled it and read there was a fire. Is it now demolished?


Hi Jill,

Well, they don't call me John 'Erkenwald' Whitworth for nothing.  Smiley

It was, indeed, this very church which triggered my interest in church architecture.

Take a look here: http://www.st-erkenwalds.co.uk

You will find much history and internal and external pictures. It was demolished in 1995.

If I do not have the sketch on my site, is there any chance you could scan it for me please?

Thanks

John
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Reply #3 - Sep 15th, 2010 at 12:19am
 
Very frustrating John, You still don't say where it was, I recognise the church from the picture but where was it - was that the one next to the tech college???
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Reply #4 - Sep 15th, 2010 at 9:13am
 
kiwibloke wrote on Sep 15th, 2010 at 12:19am:
Very frustrating John, You still don't say where it was, I recognise the church from the picture but where was it - was that the one next to the tech college???


Sorry - try my other website:

http://www.essexchurches.info/church.asp?p=Southend-on-Sea&ty=e

Click the "DETAILS / MAP" link to the left.

Basically, it was NE corner of Southchurch Avenue/York Road junction - opposite the Methodist church.
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Reply #5 - Sep 15th, 2010 at 1:26pm
 
I was visiting Sutton Road Cemetery yesterday, and noticed that the cross of remembrance from St Erkenwalds had been moved there and rededicated. Sadly much of the lettering has worn away & is unreadable. I assume the cross commemerates the fallen from the parish in the Great War. Is there a record anywhere of the names that were listed on the cross?
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Reply #6 - Sep 15th, 2010 at 6:31pm
 
scalyback wrote on Sep 15th, 2010 at 1:26pm:
I was visiting Sutton Road Cemetery yesterday, and noticed that the cross of remembrance from St Erkenwalds had been moved there and rededicated. Sadly much of the lettering has worn away & is unreadable. I assume the cross commemerates the fallen from the parish in the Great War. Is there a record anywhere of the names that were listed on the cross? 


Of course...  Wink

http://www.sir-walter-tapper-churches.co.uk/StErkWarMem.asp

and some pics:

http://www.sir-walter-tapper-churches.co.uk/StErkImgsWarMem.asp
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Reply #7 - Sep 15th, 2010 at 9:48pm
 
Interesting stuff-thank you. The church looks huge! Sorry JW  I cannot send scan-my printer not working. The little sketch in the book shows a large round window in
between the turrets.
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Reply #8 - Sep 15th, 2010 at 9:59pm
 
Hi Jill, sorry I haven't personally welcomed you to the forum sooner.

WELCOME!

Roger is right when he said JW is the boyo with the knowo.

Vote John 'Erkenwald' Whitworth for Pope!

P.S. Thankyou for being female Jill, we're got such a lot of old male farts here Cheesy
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Reply #9 - Sep 15th, 2010 at 10:06pm
 
Mini-spiv wrote on Sep 15th, 2010 at 9:59pm:
P.S. Thankyou for being female Jill, we're got such a lot of old male farts here Cheesy


I say old boy!! If you use terms like that you'll never attract the fairer sex to the forum in any number Grin
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Reply #10 - Sep 15th, 2010 at 10:13pm
 
Yes SP, I regretted it immediately after hitting the 'send' button, Ugh!

ANYWAY, what's this 'bout being an 'Old boy', I'm just a kid!
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Reply #11 - Sep 15th, 2010 at 10:32pm
 
Mini-spiv wrote on Sep 15th, 2010 at 10:13pm:
'Old boy'


A term to be used for a male of any age!?  Smiley Ok, something more out of the period of Jeeves & Wooster  Grin  (and if offered I'll have a G&T before 11am because the sun must be over the yard arm somewhere in the Empire  Grin )
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Reply #12 - Sep 15th, 2010 at 10:52pm
 
Double ugh!

Oh dear what a peasant I am, NOW I know where St Erkenwald's was. I passed it almost every day while I lived in Burnaby Road when I went to Porter's Grange school. I must admit it always appeared a foreboding and intimidating building to me.

Here's a question for the honourable John 'Erkenwald' Whitworth (pboh):

What is/was the name of the church on Salisbury Avenue?

I can always remember reading on the clock face 'Time flies, man dies'.

It was in the church hall of this church that Charlie Drake (a friend of the vicar and one time TV comedian) gave a free performance for the local kids which I attended. Timeframe: 1958/59
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Reply #13 - Sep 16th, 2010 at 12:16am
 
Mini-spiv wrote on Sep 15th, 2010 at 10:52pm:
Double ugh!

Oh dear what a peasant I am, NOW I know where St Erkenwald's was. I passed it almost every day while I lived in Burnaby Road when I went to Porter's Grange school. I must admit it always appeared a foreboding and intimidating building to me.

Agreed - it used to scare the cr4p out of me. When it first became redundant, I must have been 4 or 5, and after that I remember frequently walking back from town with my parents, always feeling a bit scared around there. I'd hold both of their hands, and swing on their arms as we passed it. Don't know why!  Smiley

Gradually though, that fear turned into utter fascination - and regret that I never got to see it properly.

Mini-spiv wrote on Sep 15th, 2010 at 10:52pm:
Here's a question for the honourable John 'Erkenwald' Whitworth (pboh):

What is/was the name of the church on Salisbury Avenue?


St Paul? http://www.essexchurches.info/church.asp?p=Westcliff-on-Sea+2&ty=p

Still there to my knowledge - but is now used by the Greek Orthodox Church.
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Reply #14 - Sep 16th, 2010 at 12:27am
 
Thanks JW!

Well, well, this is wierd, I've just remembered the vicar's name: Reverend Curtis!
Funny, I don't remember the church being on a corner though.

They say: 'Don't judge every book by it's cover', this is doubly true with some churches in my experience.

I guess the thing with St. Erkenwald's was largely psychological, the fact that it's tall overwhelming walls were so close to the pavement so unlike St. Mary's of Prittlewell.
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