Colin Crosby Heritage Tours

750 Years of Rochford Market

[An image showing 750 Years of Rochford Market]There was an event in Rochford recently, to celebrate 750 years of this little Essex town's market.

The charter was granted in 1257, and apart from a short break in the 20th century has been running ever since.

I have considerable connections with Rochford. For a start, I was born there! Then in the early 1970s I lived in the town, and among other local involvements I was Public Relations Officer for the Rochford Hundred Amenities Society. It was with this hat on that I donated the Colin Crosby Cup, which is still given annually for outstanding building or renovation. I also had an involvement with Rochford Carnival.

As a Blue Badge Guide, I still come down to the area from time to time and lead public Guided Walks, not only in Rochford, but also around Hadleigh (Essex), Leigh, Maldon, Prittlewell, Rayleigh and Southend.

I have also led a couple of walks on behalf of Rochford District Council, one year around Rochford and another year around Rayleigh. I also lead walks for clubs, and was in the area just a few weeks ago, when I led a walk around Rochford for Hockley and Hawkwell W.I.

The 750th anniversary event was held in the Market Square on Saturday 6th October. I was disappointed not to have been able to attend, but I only found out about it when walking through Rochford two days later and saw the posters!

Never mind. I'm sure it went well.