03 Family History March 2017
What an amazing meeting we had in March - not only more than 40 of us [the ladies doing the teas were concerned they might run out of cups!] but also a very good speaker - Alan Pamphilon who leads walks around Chelmsford. His talk was based on his Moulsham Street walk. I was only in Moulsham Street earlier in the day and didn't know half the things that Alan showed us that are still there - so the next time you are in the area, look out for the Salvation Army sign over the café [on the left as you come from town], the plaster decorations - used to advertise the plaster-maker's business, plus the ones down the alley, [the jewellers], [Grove Road - Godfrey's rope-walk], the original wooden beams in Boatman's opticians, and Moulsham Street's only coaching inn [the Star and Garter]. And do look behind the carpet shoe for the 'Doll's House' [there used to be a sign on the wall , but I don't think it is still there]. We also found out that Roy Jarred's family have lived here for 4 generations and he had memories of the flooding in the High Street before they strengthened the river banks - it was something that happened every year!