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This publication has evolved from “Fordham In Watercolour”, designed by Jenny Kay. Published and printed in Stempel Garamond by The Millrind Press 22 Hall Road, Fordham, Colchester, Essex CO6 3NQ

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Pen and Ink drawing from a photo taken in France


ILLUSTRATING FORDHAM JOHN KAY Being a nostalgic look at the time I have been drawing and painting in and around this village.

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Schematic map of Fordham


CONTENTS PREFACE....................................................................11 Introduction to Fordham in Watercolour.......................12 Jenny Kay 2004.........................................................12 Introduction to Fordham from My Sketchbook.............15 Jenny Kay 2003........................................................15 Printing, Designing and Illustrating .............................17 Jenny Kay.................................................................17

INTRODUCTION......................................................19 1. TO FORDHAM FROM ..........................................20 Fordham Heath..............................................................20 River Colne.....................................................................24

2. MILL ROAD TO CHURCH END.........................29 Mill Road........................................................................29 Fordham Hall.................................................................31 All Saints C. of E. Primary School..................................34 All Saints Church............................................................36 Church Festivals ............................................................43 Flowers and Paintings - Church Festivals..............44 The Three Horse Shoes.................................................49

3. CHURCH ROAD TO PLUMMERS ROAD...........52 Church Road..................................................................52 Pavement Artist..............................................................56 Fordham FĂŞte.................................................................57 Fordham Horticultural Society......................................63 Fordham Village Hall.....................................................64 The Vulcan Inn...............................................................71 The Village Green..........................................................73 The Village Sign.............................................................74 The Village Sign, Jenny Kay 15.1.1999 ....................74 Heraldry of the Landowners..................................76 Moat Road......................................................................79 Plummers Road..............................................................83 Wormingford Road.........................................................86

4. OPEN COUNTRYSIDE - WEST...........................88 Ponders Road and Beyond.............................................88 Chappel Road.................................................................91 9

Suttons Farm..................................................................93 Penlan Hall Lane...........................................................96

5. OPEN COUNTRYSIDE - EAST............................99 Fossetts Lane.................................................................99 Rams Farm Road..........................................................104 Fletchers Farm......................................................105 Rams Farm............................................................107 Fordham Place.......................................................111

6. FROM FORDHAM TO FORD STREET.............113 Shoulder of Mutton.......................................................113 River Colne....................................................................115 Aldham Steam Fair and Rally.......................................117 Ford Street....................................................................120

7. THE MILLRIND PRESS......................................122 Printing and Publishing...............................................122 List of ISBN Publications.............................................130

8. EXHIBITIONS......................................................131 9. LOCAL PRESS COVERAGE................................136 Evening Gazette August 1977................................136 Evening Gazette October 1977..............................137 Evening Gazette 12. 7.1993.....................................138 East Anglian Daily Times 30 June1998..................139 Evening Gazette, Monday December 13,1999.......140 Evening Gazette Monday, June 4, 2001.................143 Essex Life & Countryside, October 2001............144

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS.......................................146 INDEX.......................................................................147 ADVERTISEMENT..................................................152


PREFACE Some time ago I decided to update my wife Jenny’s book of my paintings, fordham in watercolour. It is true that many of the paintings were done a long time ago and more representative of history than the present, yet surely that is one of the great values of painting, its historical significance. Continuing with this encouraging thought, my mind moved on to fordham from my sketchbook and I decided that was an even more obvious instance of preserving history. (Jenny’s introductions to these two books follow this preface, together with a write-up for a booklet on The Millrind Press.)

Why not therefore combine the two publications under a common title, include some of the missing sketches and also my later paintings? In recent years I have come to shift slightly to a previous direction I was once drawn to and that is one of greater abstraction. Having some early experience with a firm which specialised in silk screen painting . I was always very aware of the attraction of poster work from later Victorian times starting with the Art and Craft movement , the litho work 11

of Toulouse Lautrec and continuing with the those lesser known but excellent poster artists of the 20s and 30s. Tamara de Lempicka, Tom Purvis, Freda Lingstrom, A.M.Cassandre, Ludwig Holwein and even today, producing some beautiful, succinct work, the artist Peter McDermott. Not excluding the great influence of Picasso, who it is impossible to ignore, these artists have had a salutary influence upon me. I haven’t drawn or painted the inside of my house much except for the painting of Jenny and an abstract of our living room in Hall Road. I have however found that our excellent small garden, lovingly designed and maintained by my wife has proved an ideal subject for a few colour sketches. I have included a pretty exhaustive number of sketches leaving out only the most perfunctory of my drawings. This has required a great deal of self-control because it is very easy to miss out those which are considered not to do one justice. So here they are, the indifferent as well as the best. I leave you to make your own judgement. John Kay

Introduction to Fordham in Watercolour Jenny Kay 2004 In 1975 John and I decided to move to N.E. Essex, attracted by the scenery and the open skies. Our discovery of Fordham was serendipitous. On a tour of the villages between Halstead and Colchester we found Fordham with its rolling farmland and views across the Colne Valley. We moved into a semi-detached house in Hall Road among the “acres of deplorably unrural new housing” as described by Norman Scarfe in his Shell Guide to Essex. The “unrural” bit suited the “townie” in John as he enjoys the proximity of neighbours. Over the years John has found a continuous source of subjects for paintings in and around the village. We have taken many wonderful walks around Fordham with the camera, particularly in snowy weather. Often it has taken a few years before the photograph and the sketch have been used for a painting. 12

Living room and Hall Rd abstract & Jenny in the garden


Many of John’s paintings are privately owned. John has kept photographs and copies have been made on cards and notelets. John’s paintings are figurative, with a landscape/townscape bias. His work is traditional, he carefully composes his paintings and uses watercolour techniques with craftsman like competence, interpreting the subject in a personal way. He has been greatly influenced by Edward Seago, Rowland Hilder and Russell Flint and he much admires the abstract qualities of the modern painters, Frank Webb, Charles Sovek and Norman Battershill. When John paints on location he often makes a preparatory tonal sketch before he starts painting and may take a photographs for later reference to detail. Sometimes he paints from photographs but these are not slavishly copied. He develops the design using sketches to ensure that compositional qualities and artistic realisation predominate.

Paintings in the garden at 22 Hall Road 14

Introduction to Fordham from My Sketchbook Jenny Kay 2003 This is a somewhat nostalgic look at Fordham. The sketches date from 1976, our first year in Fordham. Many of them were preliminary sketches for paintings, others were designs for business and greetings cards. From 1978 to 1981 John produced drawings, design and layout for the fête programme. The final version was printed commercially, funded by the advertisements. Carol Sycamore wrote in the Essex County Standard, 9 June 1978. Fordham Fete and carnival procession is almost worth visiting just for the opportunity of buying a programme. ... On the front cover is a copy of the village’s own crest, designed by Mr Kay for last year’s jubilee celebrations. ... Inside the programme are the usual advertisements by local people - but with a difference. Each advertiser has his or her own hand drawn sketch of their premises included in the advertisement. 15

Some of the drawings which John did in 1984 to illustrate Pat Lewis’ Guide to All Saints Church are also included with finally a quick sketch which John produced as a colouring competition for the children at a school fête.

This is what used to be seen from the kitchen window although, as everything changes, there is now a utility room built onto the back of the house which now hides this view.


Printing, Designing and Illustrating Jenny Kay As a permanent art teacher John had the use of a hand press and type cabinets in his art room for printing tickets, programmes etc. for school events. John wanted to continue with this in Fordham. One of our first purchases at 22 Hall Road was a workshop in the garden and a hand press with all the accompanying paraphernalia. In 1978, he produced the catalogue for the Art Exhibition held in the church. and even printed agendas for the fĂŞte committee meetings. The Horticultural Shows were revived in 1978 and held for many years under the leadership of John Marsh and Mary Cook. Using lino cuts he printed certificates and wrote the names of the winners in his calligraphic hand. Wood engravings of the church, and village hall were printed on postcards to be sold at the fĂŞtes. A wood engraving of millstones clearly depicting the millrind in the centre is a favourite of us both. John included it in the

Wood engraving, Millstones 17

village sign to denote the Domesday mill in Fordham. From 1979 to 1982 John used his sketches and calligraphy to design the FĂŞte programme using the paste-up method. These were printed commercially. In 1990 he purchased his first computer capable of handling graphics. He has continued to update this to keep up with the advances in desk top publishing technology. In 1994 he took on the design and layout of Fordham News to which he enjoys adding the graphic features. In 1997 he chose Millrind Press as the name under which he prints and publishes.

Abstract watercolour including Hall Road and church beyond 18

INTRODUCTION A few lines to indicate how my thinking went when I started this book. How to start took a little thought but the idea of taking various routes through the village and dealing with views as I would come across them seemed as good a way as any. We have taken many wonderful walks around Fordham with the camera, particularly in snowy weather. Sometimes it has taken a few years before the photograph and the sketch have been turned into the final painting. Recent demonstrations at art clubs have featured my Fordham watercolours. The chapters. represent possible walks through the village and surrounding countryside To summarise: The First chapter starts with the approach from Eight Ash Green, via Wood Lane, Fiddlers Hill to the River Colne, then following Mill Road to Church End and Church Road, at this point I’ve included the fête posters. An explanation of the village sign is included before Moat Road, Plummers Road and finally Wormingford Road. Starting again from Ponders Road the route goes to open countryside to the west along Chappel Road and Penlan Hall Lane. Crossing then to the east we look at Fossetts Lane, Rams Farm Road and West Bergholt Road. Lastly we reach the most southerly part of Fordham, The Shoulder of Mutton, crossing the River Colne and into Ford Street, Aldham. The final three chapters give more details of my printing and publishing business ‘The Millrind Press’, my exhibitions and press coverage.


1. TO FORDHAM FROM EIGHT ASH GREEN Fordham Heath Leaving the A12 by way of the Halstead Road you pass through Eight Ash Green. Fordham and Eight Ash Green have close links as Fordham Heath was part of Fordham Parish until 1949.


After the first roundabout you pass a car showroom. This is on the site of a previous garage that I drew for Fête Programs between 1978 and 1981 It belonged to Robert Cannon. He and car mechanic and a fitter, Nick Cant gave sterling service to Fordham residents for many years. A few hundred yards along and just before the first turning of the ‘S’ bend and directly in front of us, we used to see the gradually disintegrating remains of fairly large sheds. I am always attracted to the ‘ramshackle’ and prefer it to the neat and tidy appearance of the sheds now. To the right of the sketch in the background is the small filling station that used to be there called Aldford Garage before it was rebuilt into the large one it is today. See the fête programme advertisement on the following page.


FĂŞte program advertisement 22


Turning right into Wood Lane we pass Fiddlers Folly and then start down Fiddlers Hill. To the right there used to be a view of Little Porters before the hedge grew as thick as it is today, I sketched it and painted a watercolour from it in 1990. (From an earlier photograph.)


River Colne


If we follow the path to the east towards West Bergholt we come to these views by the river. Below is a the preparatory sketch and on the next page, a colour sketch followed by a full watercolour, there is sometimes quite an interval between the two stages, as in this case. About the two examples below; a sketch from a photograph to start, but this time with a colour sketch intervening before a full sized painting is attempted (see overleaf). Many adjustments have been made at each stage. This is normally the usual way a painting is developed, just that normally you don’t see the complete process.


River Colne 1990 26

Crossing the bridge over the River Colne which forms the Fordham parish boundary, we come to the footpath of the Essex Way. To the west it leads alongside the river and an old photograph and painting. Composition is balanced and shows some promise of the more abstract qualities I prefer to see in my work today.

On the next page is a sketch and full sized watercolour painting of the view further along the footpath to Ford Street with a rather more austere style. It’s very stark as a result. 27

Looking west 1980


2. MILL ROAD TO CHURCH END Mill Road Past the entrance to Mill House on our left and negotiating a dangerous acute bend to the right is Snowdons on our right. the opposite sketch and painting were the the result of a commission from a previous owner. I first tried to draw a sketch from nearer the bend lower down but fearing for my safety from the traffic taking the bend far too speedily for safety I resigned myself to peering through the hedge from the opposite field. A task make more difficult as it had just been ploughed and was ankle deep in mud.

Photograph of Snowdons 1992 29



Fordham Hall Further up the hill and passing some houses on the right we see Fordham Hall on our left with a shape of a large wooden barn and behind it we first catch sight of the church tower of All Saints behind it.

Fordham Hall and All Saints Church 1998


Fordham Hall was previously a working arable farm under John Jinks as its farm manager. In 2002 the house was sold privately. Most of the land known as Fordham Hall Estate has been leased to The Woodland Trust for 99 years by an anonymous donor.


Fordham Hall from the footpath behind Hall Road 1991


All Saints C. of E. Primary School Below are two early watercolours and a sketch of it which I used as a preparation for the later watercolour on the next page.

Fordham Schoolhouse 1990

A view of the school from across the field on the south side of the original building.

All Saints Church and School 1991 34

I can never resist an interesting building and this old schoolhouse must date from 1849 in early tictorian times.

Here is the further work with a colour sketch and the final watercolour painted much later in 2012.


All Saints Church

Church Tower and Barn 1990

Line drawing used by the Fordham Local History Society as a logo 36

Above is an early sketch when the trees were not as large as they are today and a wood engraving made from it. These blocks were expressly made to be printed using the hand press but they were subsequently sold as postcards in the late 1970s.


Above is a painting that the church requested to turn into a Christmas card, and below that is a much later painting from a slightly different viewpoint in a very much more abstract style completed in June 2014.


On the following pages are drawings from the publication by Pat Lewis of a guide to all saints church. This 28 page booklet, illustrated by me, appeared in 1988. 39

Line drawings from the guide to all saints church

mason’s mark label stops

Metal chest in which the church registers are kept


Font 41

Lectern detail

North Door Altar

Pat has taken an active interest in the history of Fordham for many years and this was the first of several books covering the history of the Church, Chapel and School. Full details of Pat’s books appear in Chapter 7, The Millrind Press. 42

Church Festivals

Flower Festival July 1978

Here, is a younger me. I am looking after an exhibition of local artists held in the church and painting the view of the nave at the same time. I have included Jenny’s write up of the exhibition and the Flower Festival. 43

Flowers and Paintings - Church Festivals Jenny Kay 1978 The first art exhibition which John organised and participated in was held in Fordham Church on 8th and 9th July 1978. The festival was entitled “A Poem of Praise� and the flower arrangements were designed to illustrate the poem written by the Rector, Hugh Barber. John handlettered the poem in italic writing for display in the church porch. He sat with the exhibition throughout the festival. Breathing in the heady floral atmosphere, he worked on a watercolour of the decorated interior of the church looking down the aisle towards the altar. The painting was much admired by the rector and John donated it to the church. It has hung on the North wall since that time. The Art Exhibition was reported in the Essex County Standard by Ray Rushton. (I have made some alterations to the original text where names were incorrectly recorded.)


Once again a church has picked up its local talent in the visual arts and placed it on exhibition as an important adjunct to its annual flower show. Every group has its local artists and of course, Fordham is no exception and the interest of these shows is that they bring out those who are otherwise unheard of in this respect. One can only imagine what one of the prominent participants in this show, Digger Kettle looks like. I particularly like his oil Riverside. There was some good drawing in the watercolour Midland Pullman by W. Rockall-Smith and in the same artist’s Rose and Glass. There was the tonal sensitivity of watercolour landscapes by John Kay, concern with light in The Gorge, an oil by Ron Parkinson, tone and composition in Still Life with Apples by W.A.Smith, with texture and impasto in Welcome Home by May Evans and in the caricature like effects of Bar Politics by Roger Pallant. Also taking part in this little show were Barbara Kettle, Peter Gardner, Nancy Cannon and Michael Howe. Also


notable was the high standard of the calligraphy of verses included in the flower arrangements themselves. John had not yet found time to paint Fordham, his paintings in the exhibition were from a previous holiday spent on the Costa Brava in Spain with one local scene, a view of Bures. In the following years as he began to spend less time with printing and graphic work he found more time for painting. At subsequent Flower Festivals the works of local artists including Johns’ have been displayed in the barn at Fordham Hall where refreshments were served. In 1994 John took time out to paint the event, sitting precariously at the roadside opposite.

Tea at the Barn, Flower Festival painted in 1994


Held at the church in 1979


A preparative colour sketch and a finished watercolour of the churchyard, not a painting of a subject that people rush to buy. 1992


The Three Horse Shoes

Church Road, looking South 1992



Yet another sketch from a Fordham Fête programme. Four of John’s Fordham paintings were hung in the Three Horse Shoes, two were sold, two were never retrieved. Fortunately the photographs remain..



View from the opening of Fossetts Lane and the bus stop opposite the Three Horse Shoes.

Church Road looking north, 1992 52

Early 1980s

Looking North 2003 53

Church Road 1996 from an earlier photograph

A small sketch of the bus shelter, village sign and on the right the village hall, all on a very foggy day 54

Opposite at the top Church Road in heavy snow looking southwards. Above the only surviving drawing of Church Road Stores. 9 Church Road, built as a double-fronted shop, it was run for a while by Roy and Pat Cope. 55

Pavement Artist One Saturday, I noted that outside Church Road Stores was a very usable section of paving. I found that this was, as I had predicted, suitable for me to exercise my talents as a pavement artist and raise a little money for Fordham FĂŞte at the same time. Therefore under the admiring eyes of most of the village children I completed several pastel studies. These two sections of pavement were immortalised by the able photographic talents of Richard Gregory and also together with a view across Church Road.


Fordham FĂŞte

These FĂŞte posters were silk screen printed at home. My first and not-very-long-lasting job was with a small ticket-writing company in Fulham (G. Hayward Marsh & Co.) which took on big contracts for writing price tickets for the all the High Street Kensington Department Stores (Pontings, Barkers, Derry & Toms) throughout the 57

50s. And 60s. These were all hand-written by skilful yet underpaid artists using expensive “one-stroke�sable lettering brushes. A skill I eventually learned the hard way and it took me much longer, long into my teaching career, to master it to my own satisfaction. What interested me greatly during my time there however was the other considerable amount of work they undertook in providing silk58

screened posters for a very large number of firms but principally for display in the London Underground Tube Carriages and stations. Each colour involved was painstakingly cut by hand from transparent shellac coated paper which was then ironed carefully onto a silk screen. Each colour was then hand-screened onto each poster one at a time until the job was completed. 59



Sketch for a Children’s Colouring Competition, one Fordham Fête 62

Fordham Horticultural Society Many Fordham Residents were keen to revive the Horticultural Society which had once been very active in the village with the Gunary family. I was able to design a new Logo for them and subsequently help in producing publicity and certificates for the Annual Show which ran successfully for many years. Their active and hardworking committee included Dorothy Bradshaw, John Marsh, Chris and Anne Francis and Mary Cook.

Hand lettered certificate 1977


Fordham Village Hall A drawing of the Village Hall as it used to be when it had glazed front doors in the 1970s and below a wood engraving from the same time


Post Office and Village Green in snow painted in 2004 from an earlier photo


Over the years I have often sketched the Village Stores, representing as it does the centre and main meeting point of the village. I have included some of the better ones here though one is always hopeful of improving on any previous attempt. Also yet another inclusion of a Fordham FĂŞte Programme sketch from the late 1970s. Note in all the views of the stores opposite, the post of the Village Sign can be seen because it was erected beside the bus shelter at that time. It was moved to the village green in 1999. 66

Fordham Village Stores 1992


The view in the sketch above is unique in that it was drawn from the forecourt of “The Vulcan� public house, a view which would not be possible today owing to the present houses built on that site.


This view takes in the original cast-iron finger post and also shows the previous site of the Village Sign, beside the bus shelter, outside the Village Hall 69

Cover design for recipe book to raise village funds, recipes were supplied by Fordham residents 70

The Vulcan Inn


Here are a few photographic reminders of what the “Vulcan.� Used to look like originally. On the left, and below, a view from the 70s and at the bottom the main 1978 bar with its newest extension, tables and chairs outside. Do you remember the tables in the bar made from treadle sewing machines? The landlords were Denise and Tony Rojo who ran the place for many years after the Hogarths left. 2000 72

The Village Green

Above is a current view of the Village Green with the new site for the village Sign., 1998 For many years the present green space was used for village events between the two world wars and afterwards. Due to the good offices of the developers of Moatfields this area is available once again for village gatherings. 73

The Village Sign I must admit that I have always been in two minds about my fascination with Heraldry. On the one hand I am very attracted to the graphic possibilities of it. The results of the application of the strict rules of blazon, the predictability of the result obtained and the overall attraction of the complete heraldic achievement are all undeniably attractive. The preservation of old beliefs and superstitions in the narrative is also very seductive. On the other hand its long association with rigid class division, overbearing heartless oppression and association with the concept of power for its own sake repulses the Quaker in me. Here’s an account of how the project came about

The Village Sign, Jenny Kay 15.1.1999 In September 1976 a proposal was made to the parish council that Fordham should have its own village sign. It was to be erected to commemorate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in June 1977. John’s attention was drawn to the invitation in that issue of Fordham News (Number 10) We invite any artistic person to submit designs or sketches to the council for consideration. Obviously we are looking for a village sign which aptly identifies the village - possibly with the accent on the past. This immediately appealed to John’s knowledge of heraldry; he had studied the subject in detail and had worked for a short time painting family coats of arms for a company which marketed them. With my interest in local history we researched the land-owning families connected with the parish, making some very interesting discoveries. John put together various designs for a sign and presented them to the parish council where the final choice was made. The motto ‘Strength through Fellowship’ was provided by the Rev. Hugh Barber. The Jubilee edition of Fordham News (Issue 12a) included an explanation of the design and in his editorial John Vincent paid tribute to John’s work. He wrote “I feel it not inappropriate that our grateful thanks should be expressed to Mr John Kay, who lives in Hall Road for the vast amount of research he has carried out in designing the coat of 74

arms, and the midnight oil being expended in completing the sign itself.� The sign was unveiled on 7 June 1977 by J Marshall Forrest, Chairman of the Parish Council and blessed by the Rector, in its position outside the village hall. The wrought iron surround, including the name Fordham was worked by Bill Snowling. In 1977 John produced silk screen printed car-stickers of the sign which were sold at village fêtes. At the time of writing this some are still available but sticking them on your car is no longer recommended. John now prints cards and notelets depicting the sign with an explanation of the design on the back, using the up to date computing facilities of the Millrind Press. Interest in the sign has been revived recently since the parish council decided to re-locate the sign on the new village green. The sign was taken down for refurbishment this year. John gave a talk to the Fordham Local History Society on Heraldry, the background to the village sign and his initial presentation to the parish council. The sign has been refurbished over the years. It was taken down again in 1998 for John to repaint before its relocation on the village green planned for 1999.


Heraldry of the Landowners Hugh de Gurnai 1086, Ar a bend between two cottises az. three leopards faces gu. jessant de Lis or Hugh de Gournai was a man of high military renown. He married Basilia Monchensy Flatel, and was very likely at the battle of Hastings since he was given lands by William the Conqueror. Some of these lands were the manors of Liston, Fordham, and Ardley in Essex, all of which appear in the Domesday Survey. [Morants's Essex, vol. ii p.31; Domesday, vol. ii. p. 89]. Afterwards, considerable estates in England were either given to the Gourney family or were acquired by marriage. Hugh de Gournay became a monk at Bec before 1093.

De Gurnai

Cecily, countess of Hereford 1191 William of Warren Chequey, or and azure.


William de Monchensy C1287 Or, three escutcheons, barry of six vair and gu Aymer (Adomar) of Valence, earl of Pembroke 1313, Adomar de Valence, Earl of Pembroke, Barry of 10 Argent and azure, 10 martlets in orle 3, 2, 2, 3 gules Hastings

John of Hastings maunch gules

1376, or a

De Valence

John Argentine 1412 - 1537, gules, 3 covered cups argent William de Beauchamp1400 -1411 gules crusily 3, 3 and a fesse or for difference a crescent sable

Archentine 76

Richard de Beauchamp, 1st Earl of Worcester, whose father had inherited the castle and estate of Abergavenny, and


was summoned in 1392 to parliament as Lord Bergavenny. Edward Nevill was summoned to parliament with this title in 1450. His direct male descendants ended in 1387 in Henry Nevill, 6th Baron Bergavenny, but a cousin, Edward Nevill, 8th Baron Bergavenny (d. 1622), was confirmed in the Barony in 1604. De Grey

Ralph Neville 1471, Azure a Lion Rampant or - sable a Lion Rampant Argent guttĂŠe de sang Crest: demi lion rampant Argent guttĂŠe de sang holding Sword of the first hilt and pommel or


Thomas Culpepper 1537 Argent a bend engrailed gules, Crest: falcon with wings expanded Argent beaked legged and belled or John Abell 1542 Argent, a fesse purpure between three boars heads couped close gules armed or Crest: an arm embowed in Armour holding in a hand proper a Sword Argent hilt or enfiled on the arm with a wreath Argent and gules


Sparrow (Stanborn, Essex & Somersham Ipswich) Argent, three Roses gules, a chief of the last Crest: out of a neural coronet or a unicorn's head Argent mane purpure attired of the first (gold horn) Sir Anthony Wingfield Campbell

gyronny of eight, or and sable

John Lucas, Thomas, John 1156 - 1625.Argent a fesse between six annulets gules.


Richard Grey, Earl of Kent, Viscount Goodrich, 1702

Lucas 77

Six designs were submitted to the Parish Council and the above was chosen, below is the full Coat of Arms with the mantling, helm and Culpepper Crest.


Moat Road

Views from Moat Hall



Pond at Moat Hall 1998


Moat Hall 2010


Plummers Road On a sharp bend in Plummers Road is Chapel House, once the Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion Chapel.

Chapel House


Another view of Chapel House

Photograph taken in the 1960s just before the demolition of the Schoolmaster’s house and the schoolroom. 84

A reconstruction sketch and watercolour from the previous original photograph of the Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion Chapel, school and Headmaster’s House. Burial Ground shown in front.



Wormingford Road

Wormingford Airfield 86

Wormingford Road in Snow


4. OPEN COUNTRYSIDE - WEST Ponders Road and Beyond

Ponders Road (above looking N. and below, looking S.)


From Hall Road via Lucas Avenue we can approach the open valley to the west and here from 1990 are two sketches of the Bull Field, so called I understand because of its original purpose the lower a slightly different view of the same field.



Chappel Road

Cattles Barn

Earlier Sketches beside Archendines, a colour sketch On the next page is a watercolour derived from that and much later a more abstract watercolour dating from 2005.


Archendines, Chappel Road 1991


Suttons Farm

Here is a view looking back towards the main village from beside Sutton’s Farmhouse on Penlan Hall Road.


Colour sketch of a view across the valley from some years ago

A recent watercolour of the pond at Sutton’s looking across the barns and outbuildings.


Suttons Farm painted in 2002 from an earlier photograph


Penlan Hall Lane

Old Timbers 1981 Old Timbers


Looking back along Penlan Hall Lane which once led to an imposing Victorian Mansion, Hungry Hall. Later purchased in 1894 by W.Gwynne Evans who renamed it Penlan Hall. It was requisitioned and used by troops during the second World War, and later demolished. A photograph complete with one of the servants from there appears in fordham, essex, a photograph album.The existing house is all that remains of the original coach house. View of Hungry House across the fields 97

The former coach house of Hungry House



This small sketch of Cobbs is in preparation for a wood engraving that I didn’t get around to and therefore, for this purpose it consists largely of lines. Above is a snow scene looking from the Three Horse Shoes. Below is the house called Fossetts that gives its name to the Lane.

Fossetts 99

Watercress Hall used to be a large egg farm but now the buildings have been converted to industrial units. This advert is again from a Fordham FĂŞte programme from the 1980s.

View of Chancers looking south. 100

Kings Farm from Fossetts Lane


Two different sketches of Kings Farm on the previous page led to the above watercolour painting. Below an early trial drawing for a painting of Hill Cottage which can be seen opposite.


Here is the Hill Cottage watercolour. The snow scene below is a very old painting. Below, a few grazing sheep across the field looking west as we come up to the junction with Rams Farm Road .


Rams Farm Road Rams Farm Road, this has only been known by this name fairly recently. Villagers had normally been used to referring to this as West Bergholt Road. To the puzzlement of the locals it appeared as a street name in 1995 following a request from the Parish Council to replace the stolen cross-road warning signs, and we are still waiting for those.

Hoppits painted in 1992 , from an earlier photograph

Rams Farm Boxes 104

Fletchers Farm

Tonal sketch of part of Fletchers Farm which is now occupied by Colchester Garrison Saddle Club 105

Discarded Machinery at Fletchers Farm


Rams Farm

Snow at Rams Farm


Binder at Rams Farm 108

Seed Drill at Rams Farm 1991 Dated Technology at Rams Farm 1991



Snow East Fordham There have been only four white Christmases in the last century: Snowscape at East Fordham by John Kay — Essex Life and Countryside December 2001


Fordham Place

Fordham Place (Commission) Over the years at Fordham Place 1993 (Commission)


Fordham Place Cottage 2004 Off the West Bergholt Road



Just before crossing the bridge into Aldham we see the Shoulder of Mutton on our left. Another pencil sketch of this very old timber-framed public house. Over the page another Fordham FĂŞte program sketch.



River Colne

River Colne 1980, initial abstract sketch together with its final form as a watercolour


Another use of the sketch of the bridge at Ford Street

R. Colne looking east from the Shoulder of Mutton Car Park 116

Aldham Steam Fair and Rally A reminder that on the field opposite a Steam Fair and Rally was held each year for many years before eventually moving to White Colne. Halstead Road used to be called the A604 and that’s how we always used to know it. Throughout history it was always known as the Cambridge Road, this was the road taken by the Parliamentary Army for the Siege of Colchester.


Austin 10 Lagonda


Fordson Major


Ford Street

Ford Street, Aldham, looking South 1992

Lastly, we leave Fordham parish by carrying on along the Halstead Road until we cross into Alford and the hamlet of Ford Street. There is a tale I tell which is usually greeted with some amusement. I was installed, complete with all my watercolour equipment at the opening of the drive of Bridge House and busy painting the view southwards from the bridge. Two young boys approached and watched me paint for some time with interest. I never object to this sort of scrutiny being a little of a show-off at heart. They eventually went on their way south and as they left and got a little way off, one turned to the other and said in a carrying voice, “Not bad for an ‘Amachooer’” (said with a definite Essex accent).


Ford Street, Aldham, looking North towards the bridge 1990

Even though it was widened as recently as 1963, the old bridge has been replaced owing to it not being robust enough to bear heavier modern traffic but its underpinnings have been utilised for the new one, this has been narrowed for safety’s sake and traffic lights are now installed to allow traffic from one direction only at a time.


7. THE MILLRIND PRESS Printing and Publishing Moving into my first job as an art teacher in Billericay in 1963 introduced me to the huge spread of experience and knowledge required to master the particular skills needed even before teaching was attempted. Just a little daunting was the knowledge that I had to learn how to cope with a large floor mounted, treadle-activated printing press and a great deal of type and accompanying furniture, chases and accessories. With the assistance of my new head of Department I gradually acquired the necessary knowledge and in doing so vastly improved on my grasp of the needs of graphic design.

This shed was first used for my printing needs with a hand press and moveable type, the old-fashioned way. Later on, my publishing efforts transferred to computers. So with the addition of two glazed doors, the shed was converted into a summer house. 122

It took a great deal of practice just to set type properly and lock it into a chase. Learning how to cope with designing a print job, inking up, and the mechanics of setting out and finally printing. I was absolutely amazed to find that it required as much thought and use of metal to provide for the blank spaces on a document as was required for the letters that were needed for the text. This gave the proper importance to the urgent need for composition in graphic design. In the 1960s art teachers were required, as part of their remit, to act as a general adjunct and convenience to anything touching on presentation for the rest of the school. This included providing scenery, costumes and properties for any drama production. Posters and presentation materials for any school events including tickets and programmes where required and design work in general for any school department that needed it. I must admit I thoroughly enjoyed this extension of my duties and very rapidly became an expert, together with many bright and helpful pupils, in designing and providing sets, scenery tickets, programmes and costumes for many school productions. These included “Murder in the Cathedral”, “Don Quixote,” “Noyes Fludde” and “Joseph and his Amazing Coloured Dream Coat.” On moving to Fordham in the mid 1970sI acquired a Chandler & Price hand press with a useful 9" x 7" chase and a large amount of type, leads and furniture. Keeping my hand in with my hand letterpress I was frequently able to produce tickets when required for village events. I was also experimenting with silkscreen printing and was able to produce posters for the yearly Fordham Fete. I also prepared the sketches for the Fordham Fête programme that I include in this book. In 1983 I printed a simple folded programme on the hand press. 123

FĂŞte programme printed on my hand press 1983

Sketch and final Wood

In the early 1980s my wife and myself were very involved in the start of home computing. Our first computer was a Commodore 64 and we both spent a great deal of time busily involved in learning to program in Basic. Happily, as an additional benefit, the concentration required in the process helped me eventually to give up smoking. 124

We stayed interested in computers, buying in turn BBC B, an Atari ST, and subsequently an Amstrad PC 1640. We had come across “Timeworks”, a desktop publishing program with the Atari and the subsequent version for the PC. When we moved to the village Fordham News was produced by printer Ray Britton. He used a modern development of a Xerox litho printing machine which used polyester plates instead of zinc ones. I occasionally produced drawings and sketches which he was able to reproduce for the newsletter. From February 1999 to March 2003 I became in- Logo - Fordham volved in producing the newsletter for the Fordham News Parish Council by doing the design and layout. In the mid 1980s Jenny and I became regular attenders at Colchester Quaker Meeting. It became almost inevitable that we both became very involved with Friends’ affairs and due to my previous experience I soon was helping to produce the Monthly Meeting Newsletter. This involved a very messy process involving wax skins typed upon with an old-fashioned typewriter, a great deal of printing ink and a Gestetner duplicator, it amazes me today with how much we were able to achieve with such primitive equipment. An elderly Quaker Friend Hugh MacGregor Ross had previously published a translation of one of the Synoptic Gospels "The Gospel of Thomas". Being much in demand at the time by Divinity Courses had completely sold out. He was very interested in producing a new edition of that book and wondered if I would be interested in doing so. Due to the more extensive capabilities of Windows 98 and the latest version of Timeworks (A Desktop Publishing Program), I agreed to take this on. In order to be a registered Publisher and therefore able to issue an ISBN number I went through the necessary procedure to become one. Thereafter I produced on demand an inkjet copy of the book. I bound it as a paperback, and supplied it to any booksellers who ordered it from 125

me. As the only edition still in print it provided a useful addition to my income. Pat Lewis, who wrote the church guide, had embarked on a further book, a big round hand, Education in Fordham, Essex. I published this in two editions, first in 1993 then revised and enlarged in 1999. At the same time Pat Lewis was working on this barren land. This book is about an unusual development in the village. This describes the growth and history of a chapel and school

of the grand title, “The Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion”, this I published with many illustrations in 1997. In 1987 I came across a new Desktop Publishing Program called PagePlus. It was rather like Aldus Pagemaker in feel and it was more than a little unreliable at first. Subsequent revisions improved the program, it 126

became a lot more robust and it soon became my DTP of choice and supplanted Timeworks as my favourite program. Fresh from her two publications on education history Pat Lewis and Jenny, after research into the genealogy of her father’s family combined on a larger project of founding the Fordham Local History Society. The most urgent business undertaken was to preserve the great number of family photographs which they knew were held in the village before they were to disappear from sight. The aim was to put together a publication. This took a great deal of energy and time,. Using computer software I was able to help in the recovering of old photographs, some of which were hardly visible without a great deal of digital help. Finally I tweaked the publication so that there was little difficulty in getting the desired results from the printers. With the good offices of a loan from the Benham, Seaman Trust they were able to publish fordham essex, a photograph album in 2000. This sold extremely well and the loan was repaid in record time. Later a companion volume, with articles from villagers joined it in 2011 called fordham essex, a miscellany.


I was not only involved in publishing books for the Historical Society but I also undertook to rescue several Quaker publications which had either been long out of print or new collections that were being tackled for the first time. I include them for completion as they all represent time spent in publishing at Hall Road.

cos’ reminiscences by ColchesterPreparative Meeting, sudbury quakers by Stanley H. Fitch the doubledays of coggeshall by Valerie Graves john bright by Bertram Pickard what do you do in meeting for worship? & hearts and minds prepared both by Newcastle Preparative Meeting 128

In 2004, following a series of lectures called “The Eye of the Artist” I gave to local WEA braches I put together the books into composition & sketches for composition. I have also published and printed several family histories and latterly I have reproduced “out of print” books which are out of copyright for my own purposes and, I may add, pleasure. the bases of design by Walter Crane composition by Arthur Wesley Dow school of art by W. Martin Johnson modern french painting by Sam Hunter

Many of my publications may be read free on line. www. will take you there. My contact details appear in the Advertisments section on the last page.


List of ISBN Publications ISBN




Tell-Tales Selected Poems

Kathleen Barratt


Behind Dark Clouds the Dorothy Hazel Lillico Sun, A Selection of Short Poems 1946-1996


Gospel of Thomas

Hugh MacGregor Ross


What Do You Do in Meeting for Worship?

Newcastle Preparative Meeting


Hearts and Minds Prepared

Newcastle Preparative Meeting


Wisdom of the Heart, Se- John Callow lected Poems


Fordham, Essex A Photograph Album

Fordham Local History Society


Into Composition, A Painter's Guide

John Kay


Letters from Gaza

John Lewis


Fordham from My Sketchbook

John Kay


Sketches for Composition

John Kay


Fordham in Watercolour

Jenny Kay


Fordham, Essex A Miscellany

Fordham Local History Society


8. EXHIBITIONS John has held three exhibitions in Fordham Village Hall. These proved to be most successful. He felt particularly privileged that his 1998 exhibition was opened by David and Nancy Cannon, Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester at the time. They paid tribute to John’s work and his contribution to village life. John’s paintings are widely owned. Each one is photographed on its completion as a record. These photographs are then used for reproductions of his work. He has spent a lot of time in producing prints and cards and as a result his work is sold from time to John & Jenny Kay, Nancy & David Cannon time in Fordham Village at the opening of the exhibition in Fordham Stores. Village Hall, November 1998

Since 1990 John has exhibited at home in Hall Road, in the Library and in the Quaker Meeting House in Colchester. Since 1998 John has held sales of his paintings in the Village Hall, offering unframed works. 131





9. LOCAL PRESS COVERAGE Evening Gazette August 1977 Artistic Talent in Fordham ART TEACHER John Kay adThe job involves him teaching mits that he’s more likely to spend almost every subject on the timetahis day at school chatting about ble with, he admits, “varying demetalwork than old masters. grees of success!” And just when you might expect “Being an art teacher, you tend him to be doing some painting, it’s to pick up plenty of other things,” not uncommon to find him tackling says John, who has most recently a spot of physics, P.E. or maths. been tackling metalwork classes. Now, that might sound as if “I’ll teach anything.” John’s artistic ability is going, so to His career as an art teacher began speak, by the blackboard — which with a three-year course, after in fact couldn’t be further from the which he taught the subject for truth. around 11 years before joining the For John, who lives in Hall unattached staff. Drive, Fordham, reckons that since “I never seemed to have any time he’s given up art teaching full-time for anything when I was an art he’s had actually more time for teacher,” he said. “It isn’t until you putting brush to canvas. are away from it that you can get And that, in more ways than one, down to doing something useful.” has turned out to be nothing but When John moved into Fordham good news for Fordham. two years ago he found that he had At present, John works as a got more time to get down to paintmember of Essex County Council’s ing in watercolours — and he also unattached teaching staff, filling found that he was in demand, turntemporary staff vacancies at sec- ing out portraits at the annual vilondary and comprehensive — and lage fete. occasionally primary — schools And that, in a roundabout way, throughout the county. led to him being asked by the Fordham Parish Council to design a he136

raldic crest to be displayed as the They settled on one that incorsign in the centre of the village. porated the arms of four families John — something of an expert that had at one stage or another in the field of heraldry — had about owned land in Fordham, and John a fortnight’s research with his wife got down to the task of producing Jenny into the historical back- the actual sign, which was unveiled ground of the village and finally as part of the village Silver Jubilee produce half a dozen designs for celebrations. the parish council to consider.

Evening Gazette October 1977 Fordham’s Crest AN ESSEX village has chosen an unusual way of marking the silver jubilee — by creating its own coat of arms. The heraldic crest is the main feature of the new Fordham village sign which will be unveiled at the start of the village's jubilee celebrations on Tuesday. Although it is an original coat of arms, the crest - with the motto “strength through fellowship”— has been made up from authentic family coats of arms of previous owners of the parish. It was designed and painted by teacher Mr John Kay, who lives with his wife Jenny in Hall Road, Fordham. 137

Evening Gazette 12. 7.1993 John's Brush with Art Societies ARTIST John Kay has colours; raphy “the dirty way,” he says. will travel. “With hand press, furniture and John, who lives in Hall Road, metal type.” Fordham, will meet local art societies on their home ground this autumn, demonstrating some of the techniques he has been perfecting over 30 years.

His land, sea and townscapes many of East Anglian scenes - are evocative and popular and John, recently appointed a demonstrator by art suppliers Winsor and NewHe trained as a Fine Arts teacher ton, aims to teach aspects of his at Goldsmiths’ College, London, craft to adult enthusiasts in the specialising in painting, illustrating coming months. and typography. “Many clubs are reluctant to He taught art in secondary avail themselves of the services of a schools in Essex for over a decade demonstrator,” says John, available taking early retirement three years on 0206 240929. ago to turn to full-time painting. “They suspect it may be beyond His work has been on display in private and public exhibitions, in- their means - but that’s not so.” cluding Colchester Arts Society shows, and gained a love of typog-


East Anglian Daily Times 30 June1998 Sign is in good hands FORDHAM residents who are worried that their handsome village sign has been whisked away by thieves can relax - it is in John Kay's garden shed. John designed and painted the sign more than 20 years ago and it was unveiled near the village hall as part of the celebrations for the Queen's silver jubilee in 1977.

currently undergoing a landscaping project. The sign depicts a notional coat of arms for the village and comprises details from the arms of four historic owners of land in the parish, as well as a golden millrind (the centre of a millstone) which represents a mill at Fordham which was mentioned in the Domesday Book.

Now John has restored the sign A retired art teacher, John has and it will soon be re-hung, this lived in Fordham since 1976 with time on the village green, which is his wife Jenny, who has served as parish clerk for the past six years.

COAT OF ARMS: John and Jenny Kay with the village sign 139

Evening Gazette, Monday December 13,1999 The Monday Interview

Versatile John is a man of many But they don’t always make it to arts the walls. Some people bring back postOnly the other week John had cards or photographs to remember set up the easel to capture some their travels by. stunning pine trees at Copford, John Kay has a more direct re- near Colchester. minder - he gets out his paper and “A chap liked what I was doing paints to capture scenes for posteri- and said: “Are you selling it?”, so I ty. said: “If you are buying.” And the paintings cover the walls A deal was done. Generally his of his home in Fordham as a perma- work is sold through more convennent aide-memoire of places he has tional channels - through exhibivisited - the Lake District, the tions. Greek islands, the Spanish coast.... 140

John, after all, makes his living from art - but usually from teaching the subject. He gives demonstrations - mainly to art clubs and through art shops - as a demonstrator for a supplier of arts materials. But his teaching took him further afield this summer when he was tutor on a painting course held in the Italian village of Peralta.

his scope even further. He became a member of the unattached teaching staff for Essex County Council filling in to cover any teaching post. Well, almost any. He drew the line at one subject. “No way was I doing PE,” he declares emphatically.

But he has taken on virtually everything else - physics, maths. He He even managed to get some even taught himself design technolpainting done. ogy before teaching it to others. In fact he has been doing plenty Even so, he has always looked of painting since he took early re- very much the art teacher - over the tirement - as an art teacher. years retaining the beard that has During his years as a teacher, he rarely had the time to paint himself. He was too busy teaching others how to paint.

given him the distinguished appearance of an artist. It is a face that will be familiar to many children, as John has taught at a wide variety of In any case, he was learning schools throughout Essex. along the way himself - even in the Better still, as his job covered the field of art. county, it meant he could be based “When a kid said: ‘ I’d like to do anywhere in Essex. sculpture’, then you need to study He and his wife, Jenny, settled on up on it and make sure you’re al- Fordham more than 20 years ago. It ways a couple of lessons ahead of was surrounded by the type of rollthem. ing landscapes, under wide skies, “You’re not just the art teacher. that John loved to paint. You’re the person anyone in the school turned to for anything visual - from doing posters to printing and from metalwork to papier maché.”

It wasn’t long before his reputation spread in the village. Soon he was signed up to turn out portaits at the annual village fete, leading to him being commissioned to design But John must have enjoyed it the village sign for Fordham to because after 13 years he widened commemorate the Queen’s silver 141

jubilee. John researched heraldry to “I design the pages, do the art come up with the arms of four an- work and layout and bind the cient Fordham families forthe sign books,” says John. which still stands on the village It is made possible through use of green. the computers which now play as John has been playing his part important a part in John’s home as more recently in preserving the the papers and paints. past. He has set up his own printing But now he is more likely to widpress - the Millrind Press - which en his teaching experience than the publishes small runs of books, subjects he covers. tending to be of local history. The After his summer teaching an art press makes use of his ability as a course in Italy, he is preparing for man of many mediums. more assignments overseas. Their

One I prepared earlier – John Kay pictured with the village sign for Fordham in 1977 142

success can be judged by the new since and now has taken over part pupil he signed up. of their home as her own studio. She was already used to John’s enthusiasm for his work; she was already accustomed to the works he produces. But Jenny, also a retired teacher, had never been a keen artist herself - until last summer in Peralta. After her usual stint of going out to see the sights while John worked, she sat in the back of the class - then she joined in. She hasn’t stopped

Soon her work too may be hanging in their home, bringing back the memories. Colchester-based company WordWrite Associates runs the Tuscan Experience, art courses in Peralta. Next summer it will also run painting holidays based in a chateau in the Loire Valley. For details call 01206 506100.

Evening Gazette Monday, June 4, 2001 Fordham artist to exhibit his work Fordham artist John Kay is having a one-man exhibition of recent works in London. John, Workers Educational Association tutor, visits art groups all over the Eastern counties giving demonstrations and advising on technique. His landscapes attracted many admirers when he exhibited earlier this year at the Friends Meeting House in Colchester.

His new exhibition at the Friends' House in Euston Road runs until the end of June. Trained at Goldsmiths’ College as an art teacher, John has been busy after taking early retirement to work as a full-time artist. He has conducted a series of courses in Europe and, before running more in France later this year, is leading one-day courses in Colchester.

Articles reproduced with the kind permission of the Daily Gazette, Colchester. Copyright retained 143

Essex Life & Countryside, October 2001

A Truly Essex Artist Almost every corner of the county has been painted by John Kay Fordham artist John Kay is one of the most prolific painters of Essex towns and villages, having painted landscapes in vir- School and the picture tually every part of the was subsequently donatcounty. ed to hang in the Mayor’s He trained at the re- Parlour. Design and tynowned Goldsmiths’ pography are other major College from 1960 - 1963 interests. Through the before teaching art for 27 Millrind Press, John years in Essex secondary Prince and publishes schools. Early retirement books, some with a reliin 1990 then gave John the gious theme because he is chance to work full time a Quaker, with others on as an artist, specialising in poetry and local history. watercolours. Most recent of his exhibitions was one earlier this year at the Quaker Meeting House in Colchester. John’s work has also been chosen by two Mayors of Colchester for Christmas cards. Visitors to Colchester’s Town Hall can see his work there. John was commissioned by David Cannon to paint the Colchester Royal Grammar


Fordham which was mentioned in the Domesday Book. John still finds time to pass on his knowledge to others by lecturing for the Workers Education Association. ‘My lecturing is important to me,’ he says.

He adds: ‘the higher aspirations and good intentions of anyone learning One of the most visible to paint deserve to be suppieces of his work is the ported with informed Fordham Village Sign. He teaching.’ designed and painted it ‘Amateurs are easy for the Queen’s Silver Juprey to voracious combilee in 1977, then remercial interests. Painting stored it in 1998. It is a fast-growing leisure depicts a notional coat of activity which the indusarms for the village with try exploits fully.’ details from the arms of ‘There are many expenfor historic owners of land in the parish, togeth- sive aids and “art made er with a golden millrind easy” books and videos. (the centre of a millstone) Beginners are often seto represent a mill at duced into believing that techniques, managing ma-

terials and slick solutions for substitute for hard work and application.’ In addition he acts as the course tutor on painting holidays in Tuscany and the Loire Valley. It was while working on one of these holidays at Peralta, a hamlet in the foothills of the Appian Alps in Italy, that John was asked to put his talent to an unexpected use. Someone had stolen the front number plate of one of the British cars ... John got out his acrylic white and painted the index number on bare metal!


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Many authors list many names among those who have helped them to produce the book they have just written. Firstly I’d like to thank the Essex Life & Countryside for a generous two page spread of my paintings, Colchester Evening Gazette for permission to reproduce five of their generous newspaper articles and also the East Anglian Daily Times for includiing me in their “Sign is in Good Hands.� For permission to reproduce the two photographs of my Pavement Artist Phase on page 56 thank you Richard Gregory. Locally my job is the harder because the illustrations that are the content of this book would not have become possible without the experience of being an active part of a living, lively and caring village community for over forty years. There are so many people living in this village, both currently and in the past, who have supported and helped Jenny and myself with encouragement and neighbourliness over these many years that it would be wrong to single out a named few. The kindness and the caring we have found here have added greatly to our happiness for so long we can only say thank you to everyone.


INDEX A A Poem of Praise 1st Fower Festival 44 A.M.Cassandre 12 Abell 77 Adomar de Valence 76 All Saints 31, 34, 36, 39 Amachooer 120 Appian Alps 145 Archendines 91, 92 Art Exhibition 17, 44 art exhibition 44 Arthur Wesley Dow 129 Austin 10 118

B Barbara Kettle 45 Barkers 57 Barn 31, 36, 46 barn 46 Benham, Seebohm Trust 127 Bertram Pickard 128 Bill Snowling 75 Billericay 122 Bridge House 120 Bull Field 89 Bures 46 Burial Ground 85 bus shelter 66

C Cambridge Road Campbell

117 77

Cattles Barn 91 Chandler & Price 123 Chapel 42, 85, 126 Chapel House 83-84 Chappel Road 91, 92 Charles Sovek 14 chase 123 Christmas card 38 Church Road 49, 54, 55 Church Road Stores 55, 56 churchyard 48 COAT OF ARMS 139 Coat of Arms 78 coat of arms 75, 137, 139, 144 Cobbs 99 Colchester Arts Society 138 Colchester Royal Grammar School 144 ColchesterPreparative Meeting 128 Colne Valley 12 Commodore 64 124 composition 129 Cope, Roy & Pat 55 Costa Brava 46 cos’ reminiscences 128 Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion 85, 126 Crest 77-78, 137 crest 15, 137 Culpepper 77

D de Beauchamp

76 147

de Gournai,Hugh De Gurnai de Gurnai,Hugh Denise and Tony Rojo Derry & Toms Desktop Publishing desktop publishing Digger Kettle Domesday Domesday Book Don Quixorte DTP

76 76 76 72 57 125, 126 125 45 76, 139 144 123 127

E Edward Seago 14 egg farm 100 Eight Ash Green 20 Eight Ash Green Garage 20 ESSEX 137 Essex 4, 12, 44, 76-77, 120, 130, 136, 138, 141, 144 Essex County Council 136, 141 Essex County Standard Carol Sycamore 15 Essex Life 110 Essex Way 27

F Fiddlers Folly 23 Fiddlers Hill 23 Fletchers Farm 105, 106 Flower Festival 43 Ford Street 19, 27, 120-121 fordham essex, a miscellany 127 Fordham from My Sketchbook 15 fordham from my sketchbook 11 148

Fordham Fête 123 Fordham Hall 31-33, 46 Fordham Hall Estate 32 Fordham Heath 20 Fordham In Watercolour 4 Fordham in Watercolour 12 fordham in watercolour 11 Fordham News 18, 74, 125 Fordham Place 111-112 Fordham Village Hall 131 fordham, essex, a photograph album 97 Fordson Major 119 Fossetts 19, 52, 99 Frank Webb 14 Freda Lingstrom 12 Fête 21, 51, 57, 62, 66, 100, 124 fête 15

G Gestetner 125 Goldsmiths' College 138, 143, 144 Gospel of Thomas 125, 130 graphic design 123 Grey 77 Guide to All Saints Church 16, 39

H Hall Road 4, 12, 17, 33, 74, 89, 131, 137, 138 Halstead Road 19, 20, 120 hand press 17, 37, 122-124, 138 Headmaster’s House 85 hearts and minds prepared 128 Heraldry 74, 75 heraldry 74, 137, 142

Hill Cottage Hogarths Hoppits Horticultural Society Hugh Barber Hungry Hall

102, 103 72 104 63 44, 74 98

I ISBN Italy


125, 130 142, 145

MacGregor Ross, Hugh 125 Marshall Forrest, J 75 May Evans 45 Mayor 131 Mayor’s Parlour 144 Michael Howe 45 mill 18, 139, 144 Mill Road 29 Millrind 144 millrind 17, 139, 144 Millrind Press 1, 4, 7, 18, 75, 142, 144, 154 Moat Hall 79, 81, 82 Moat Road 19, 79 Moatfields 73 Monchensy, William de 76 Murder in the Cathedral 123

Jenny Kay 4, 12, 15, 17, 44, 74, 130-131, 139 John Argentine 76 john bright 128 John Jinks 32 John of Hastings 76 John Vincent 74 N Joseph and his Amazing Col45 oured Dream Coat 123 Nancy Cannon Neville 77 K Newcastle Preparative Meeting Kings Farm 102 128 L Nick Cant 21 Lagonda 118 Norman Battershill 14 lettering brushes 58 Norman Scarfe 12 lino cuts 17 Noyes Fludde 123 litho 125 Little Porters 23 O 58 Logo 63, 125 one-stroke, brushes Loire Valley 143, 145 P 126 London Underground 59 PagePlus Lucas 77 Parish Council 75, 78, 125, 136 74-75, 137 Lucas Avenue 89 parish council 117 Ludwig Holwein 12 Parliamentary Army Pat Lewis 16, 39, 126, 127 M 149

Penlan Hall Lane Penlan Hall Road Peralta Peter Gardner Peter McDermott Picasso Plummers Road plummers road Pond pond Ponders Road Pontings postcards printing press treadle

19, 96, 97 93 141, 143, 145 45 12 12 19, 83 52 81 94 19, 88 57 37

School 34, 42, 144 school 16, 17, 34, 85, 123, 126, 136, 141 school of art 129 Shell Guide to Essex 12 Shoulder of Mutton 113 Siege of Colchester 117 silk screen 11, 59, 75 Silver Jubilee 74, 144 silver jubilee 137, 139, 142 Snowdons 29, 30 Stanley H. Fitch 128 Steam Fair 117 sudbury quakers 128 122 Sutton’s 93, 94 Synoptic Gospels 125 Q Quaker 74, 125, 144 T Quaker Meeting House 144 Tamara de Lempicka 12 the bases of design 129 R R.J.Cannon 20 the doubledays of coggeshall 128 11, 19 Rams Farm 104, 107-109 The Millrind Press this barren land 126 Rams Farm Road 103-104 Ray Britton 125 Three Horse Shoes 49, 51, 52, 99 timber-framed 113 Ray Rushton 125, 127 Art Critic 44 Timeworks 12 Rector 44, 75 Tom Purvis Toulouse Lautrec 12 rector 44 143 River Colne 24, 26, 115 Tuscan Experience Tuscany 145 Robert Cannon 21 type 17, 122-123, 138, 141 Roger Pallant 45 Ron Parkinson 45 U Rowland Hilder 14 unrural new housing 12 Russell Flint 14 V S Valerie Graves 128 150

Village Green 73 village green 75, 139, 142 Village Hall 64 village hall 17, 75, 139 Village Sign 66, 73-74, 144 village sign 18, 74-75, 137, 139, 141, 142 Village Stores 66, 67 Vulcan 68, 72

W W. Martin Johnson W. Rockall-Smith W.A.Smith Walter Crane Warren Watercress Hall West Bergholt West Bergholt Road

129 45 45 129 76 100 25, 104 104, 112

what do you do in meeting for worship? 128 White Colne 117 Windows 98 125 Wingfield 77 Winsor and Newton 138 wood engraving 37 Wood engravings 17 Wood Lane 19, 23 Woodland Trust 32 WordWrite Associates 143 Workers Education Association 144 Wormingford 87 Wormingford Road 19, 86, 87







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