about these records

The material presented on this website is a small proportion of that held locally in the Goldhanger Digital Archive and the images included here have a lower definition than those held in the archives. The copyright to the website design and majority of the material on the site is held by the Goldhanger Digital Archive. Acknowledgements for short extracts and snippets taken from other documents and to individual contributors are given in many places within the texts. Further acknowledgements will be readily added, or material removed, if request by copyright holders who have not so far been identified. Enquiries, comments, and offers of information associated with the village history will be most gratefully received at this re-typed email address:


The scale of the material held on the site is in the.... Site Map

The webpages show on the site-map are held at...... www.churchside1.plus.com/Goldhanger-past   (Search for: Goldhanger past)

which can be accessed via a gateway at................. sites.google.com/site/goldhangerhistory   (Search for: Goldhanger history gateway)

and via Essex County Council’s community site...... www.essexinfo.net/goldhanger-history  (Search for: goldhanger history group)

There is also a copy of the website at..................... past.goldhanger.org.uk

The background to the site and archives is in.......... more about this website

Links to external sites are collected together in....... Useful external links

List of local history talks given in recent years........ Talks

Recent changes:

 New in Oct 2017

1977, 2002 &2012 Jubilee videos  - on YouTube


YouTube video - Beckingham Hall Gatehouse, a short history


New in Nov 2017

Societies and Clubs  50+ groups identified over several centuries


New in Dec 2017

Chapel at Chappel farm - an ancient chapel close to the farm but within Goldhanger


The Gurton Family - associated with the Grove Chapel and a charitable Trust


New in Jan 2018

Coe-Coape and Coape-Arnold families – local land owners in the past



YouTube video - a short tour and history of St Peter’s Church


The Barrow Marshes – an area to the west, once in Goldhanger Parish


New in Feb 2018

Fishing at Goldhanger and on the Blackwater – in the past


Aerial views – in high definition from the1980s


New in Mar 2018

YouTube video - BBC Radio Essex Quest visits Goldhanger


YouTube video - Goldhanger Then & Now, using old postcards


Portraits - sadly three recent additions


New in Apr 2018

YouTube video -Osea Island - images from the past


Revised in June 2018

Fishing at Goldhanger and on the Blackwater – in the past


Revised in  July  2018

Recent memorable scenes - 3 scenes added


St Peters Church - major revisions:  more links, docs. & an interactive feature


The Goldhanger Flight Station – 2Lt. William Richardson photo added


Beckingham Hall history – Cardinal Wolsey’s Tolleshunt Major connections


The Barrow Marshes – farmhouse & Millbeach hotel history & photos added


Revised in Aug 2018

The Village School – major revision to include recently found documents

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