TOWIE is the Essex research group led by Wendy White on the second Thursday of the month from 2-4. Membership of the group is unfortunately full.
This month we looked at street names in the SS post code area and had an intriguing afternoon
working out where and when the names in some of the streets had originated.
From martyred popes and residents of Rayleigh and Thundersley who met the same end, to Painters
and Poets all are recorded in the Southend street directory, often whole estates being given names of
a branch of the arts. We heard about Sir Edmund Hilary and Judith Montefiore, generations apart
but both now remembered locally. When Park Road was investigated we were all given food for
thought in that we did not know there had been a very well used and popular park where Park Road
and the area around it is now. The Cricketers? Yes named fter the matches played there long before
they moved to Chalkwell Park. There was a race track, not for horses or running but for Penny
Farthing bicycles !
They say we never stop learning, certainly this is true for the Towie group.
Next month we are to look at a range of Historical sites.