Goldhanger is a small and ancient village in Essex with a long history

located on the north bank of the Blackwater Estuary three miles east of Maldon


listen to an introduction:



Early postcards & photos

 Name of the village

 Descriptions of the Village

A selection of street scenes and estuary scenes and Church scenes from old postcards.

The name of the village, the streets, houses and farms have had many variants over the centuries.

Words from the past that convey a view of village life, from magazines and newspapers.

+ family and group photos

Street names           House & farm names

 recent:   Historic buildings in Goldhanger


St Peters Church

The Village School

The Chequers Inn

The history and features of the Church on an interactive plan and in time order starting at 400AD.

The school has had a long and varied history and has always been at the centre of village life.

This 500 year old well known inn at the centre of village has a fascinating tale to tell. and also the...

+  The Tower, The Bells & Ellacombe Chimes

Cricketers Inn photos & history


 Characters from the past

 Art from the Past

Goldhanger Lost

Portraits of locals who have left a mark on village life.

“Only gone when finally forgotten”

Many artists from the past have had inspiration from local scenes. A selection of their work is here.

The buildings and features of the village that have been lost but can be seen in photos.

+ recent... Local Authors  and  Characters

including: The Chapel near Chappel Farm


Estuary Activities

Salt extraction

Virtual Museum  &  Library

Many activities linked to the Estuary have influenced village life in the past. including:

Commercial fishing

Sea salt has been produced around the estuary an in the parish for centuries. The history has now been documented.

Exhibition of past items, and a library of literature associated with the village.      plus:

Signs & Posters


 Prospecting for Gold

The Great War

World War Two

In 1906 five villagers went  to Spitzbergen to seek gold, led by

Ernest Mansfield.

A 20 year quest.

19 Goldhanger men lost their lives in WW-1. Includes...

Zeppelin Busters

HMS Osea

WW-1 Armistice

No lives were lost in the village in WW-2, but lots happened...

locals who served


VE-75 Celebration


 Maps from the past

Interactive historical maps


Sixteen local maps showing the village over a period of 200 years from 1770 on.      plus:

Past aerial views

A map of the village with links to descriptions of the features. Plus the...

Surrounding area

the Farms and


A interactive map of the archaeology sites and finds around the village, the Creek and the Estuary.


Did you know about...

Natural History

The Maura Benham Book

More information about village life and surprising features from the past, including:

Features in and around the village of special natural history interest affected by. . .

the Local climate

The complete text of Maura’s book published in 1977 about the history of the village and the Church.

 The Village Pump     and      Local railways    

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Local Videos

An extensive list of events in village life from 500K BC to recently, with links to many webpages.

A collection of 40+ videos relating to Goldhanger village, including recent...

VE-75 celebrations


timeless Panoramic,  recent  Village,  Churchyard & VE-75 scenes

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