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Photo Galleries

Carnivals

The Village held Carnivals in the early days but these were probably more like a Village Fete. A Carnival was reinstated in 1976 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the village and continued through until the 1980s.


Historic Photographs


School Days - 1929 to 1960

Photographs of the buildings, staff and pupils of Silver End Primary School throughout the years.


Silver End Store Fire 1952

The images have been given to us by people in the village who were actually there and also show the state of the building after the Fire.

To see all the images, you need to be a member. The membership form is found on Downloadable Documents.


Village People!

Images of people from the village.

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Silver End Churches

Photographs relating to the three Silver End Churches.

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Sports & Leisure

Photographs of Football, Cricket, Women's League of Health & Beauty and other sport and leisure activities.


Crittall Family & Manors

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The Crittall Factory

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School Days - 1970s - 1990s

Photographs of the buildings, staff and pupils of Silver End Primary School throughout the years.

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Memorial Gardens

Images through the years of the Memorial Gardens ad people who have visited them.

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Rivenhall Airfield, commemorating 75th anniversary of VE Day May 8th 2020

The SEHS has a small collection of images of Rivenhall Airfield, during World War Two, many from the book by Bruce Tait.

To see all the images, you need to be a member. The membership form is found on Downloadable Documents.


The War Years - people

Images of some of the people in Silver End During the War years 1939 - 1945


The War Years - documents

Various documents related to World War Two.

To see all the documents, you need to be a member. The membership form is found on Downloadable Documents.


VE Day 50th anniversary celebrations 1995

In 1995 the village celebrated the 50th anniversary of VE Day with street parties and a concert.

To see the full set of images, you need to be a member of SEHS. A membership form is found at Downloadable documents.


The Western Arms

The Western Arms inn stands in the original hamlet of Silver End, which was then a part of Rivenhall and as such is one of the oldest buildings in the current village of Silver End.

To see the full set of photographs, including those in the members area, please complete a membership form in the downloadable documents file.


St Francis Church

St Francis Church is a unique building, having previously been a barn. It has a thatched roof, which is periodically been replaced. The origin of the building has many different explanations, some that it was moved to the site from elsewhere. It is more likely to have been a barn of Grooms Farm, which was on the same site and gave rise the the name of the road, Grooms Lane. This is borne out by an Ordnance Survey map for 1924, which shows a building in the position of the current Church.

Members of SEHS can view the full set of images in the members area. Join the society by completing the membership form in Downloadable Documents.

http://www.st-francis.org.uk/?page_id=15 for more information about the history of the Church


Maps and views from above.

Silver End, the village today has only existed since 1926 but before Henry Francis Crittall built the village for his factory workers, the area was part of Rivenhall. There are maps going back three centuries that show the layout of the area.

Beware though, as early maps were not always accurate.

Ordnance Survey maps are out of copyright fifty years after publication.

In more recent times, first aeroplanes and, more recently, drones, have added to the picture with photographs of the area taken from above.

To see the full set of images, you need to join the society. The membership form is in the folder called Downloadable documents.


Lost and changed buildings of Silver End village

Since the village of Silver End was built by Francis Henry Crittall for the workers in his Window Manufacturing Company in 1926, many of the buildings have been lost or changed use. This collection of images show some of those that either no longer exist or have changed their use.

To see all the images you need to be a member of the society. The membership form is found in the folder entitled Downloadable Documents.


Silver End Village Hall

The Village Hall in Broadway Silver End was opened on 10th May 1928. It has two storeys, built of brick and is thought to be the largest village hall in England, if not the U.K.

It has been used as a cinema, school, dance hall, badminton court, and theatre. It has seen vegetable and flower shows, fayres, dramatic plays, pantomimes, and numerous celebrations in the main hall in its time. It has twice housed a library, a post office sorting office and now has a licenced social club, Parish Council office, Children's Centre and Heritage Centre. Halls are hired by local clubs and private groups.

The entrance has a memorial to the second world war.

Taken over by Witham Urban Council in 1971, much of the original architecture was destroyed and the windows replaced with a different style, not in keeping with the Modernist design of the building . More recently an attempt has been made by Braintree District Council to return to a design that are more appropriate although now aluminium rather than the original steel.


Silver End School

Silver End School was opened in 1929 in School Road. Prior to that classes were held in the village hall. See the Village Hall Gallery for images of classes form that time.

The full set of images is available for members of the Silver End Heritage Society; to join please find the application form under Downloadable Documents. Annual fees are £6 for individuals, £11 for joint and £3 for under 16.


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