Old Photos - Jemima Chapman (nèe Rhind)

By Jemima Chapman

My family were originally from Fife in Scotland.  My parents (William Rhind and Caroline Carey) married in Edmonton 1926 and came to Laindon a few years later.  We lived in 'Betws-y-Coed', Pound Lane, Laindon.  I was born in 1934 and went to Laindon Park School when Miss Donaldson was the headmistress and then on to Laindon High Road School.    The first photo is of my mum holding me at the gate behind St Nicholas Church.

Photo:The gate behind St Nicholas Church.

The gate behind St Nicholas Church.

Jemima Chapman

This second photo was taken outside Betws-y-Coed in Pound Lane.  I am in the cart with my grandparents, my brother Robert is at the front of the horse.

Photo:Outside Betws-y-Coed, Pound Lane, Laindon

Outside Betws-y-Coed, Pound Lane, Laindon

Jemima Chapman

The third photo is of my mum and I with the land girls and two POWs who were working on a farm in the Barleylands area, it may have been French's farm.

Photo:Me and my mum with the land girls and two POWs who were working on a farm.

Me and my mum with the land girls and two POWs who were working on a farm.

Jemima Chapman

Below is an OS map from the 1949 survey showing the position of Betws-y-Coed which is plot No. 59. (Click on pictures to enlarge the images). 

Photo:OS map from the 1949 survey showing Pound Lane.

OS map from the 1949 survey showing Pound Lane.

Colin Humphrey

This page was added by Jemima Chapman on 30/06/2017.
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The white gate at the rear of the church, completely forgotten about until this photo appeared. Now many fond memories return to the front of the brain. Going to or from school via this point, just because I'd been told not to or going through the gate and down the hill past the old lady who lived in the gypsy caravan and on to watch the traffic on the A127 Arterial Road. The old gypsy lady frightened the life out of us kids, not herself personally but the many stories that had been made up about her, I think just to keep us away from pestering her. It worked!

By Donald Joy
On 05/08/2017

So interesting, I am researching my family tree, as I know little about my fathers side.

What I do know is that he was born in "Memories" Pound Lane, in 1949.

My Grandmother was Emma Brown. She was previously married to Herbert Lagden and I know they lived there during 1939 census. They had several children, Including Herbert (born 1929), James (born 1932)

I also know my Great Grandmother (Jemima Plaster) was living with them at the time.

If anyone remembers the property name or any of the people that lived there, please do get in touch. Thanks.

By Andrew Brown
On 04/08/2017

Betws-y-Coed, 180 Pound Lane was on the east side, not far from Wash Road.   We have added an OS map from the 1949 survey to Jemima’s article, covering Pound Lane.   Betws-y-Coed is plot No. 59 on the map.

By Nina Humphrey(née Burton)
On 01/07/2017

Hi Jemima...I was born in my Nan's house 'Concord', Pound Lane in 1944. Re; the Pitts family they moved to Laindon to Concord in 1928 my mother Hilda was eight at the time. When she married in 1942 they moved in opposite Number 19 'Kia Ora'. Was Betws-y-Coed nearby?

Concord was in a direct line to St Nicholas in fact at the back of the house was the garden of the Verger's, whose bungalow was situated on Dove's Hill or the green hill us kids use to call it. My mother's sister Gladys married Derick Pope and they moved into Great Grandfather's house further down Pound Lane number 108 more or less opposite Doves Farm...good old days.

I have written a book the POW camp at Langdon Hills...'German P.O.W. Camp 266 Langdon Hills' wish I'd had your photograph...do you have any stories about the POWs?

Cheers Ken

By Ken Porter
On 01/07/2017

Jemima, I was also born in 1934, went to Langdon Hills and then LHR. We must have been in the same year at LHR. Whereabouts in Pound Lane was Betws-y-Coed located? I was familiar with Pound Lane as my father frequented the Regal Club and I had a very good friend, Ray Coath, who lived two doors from Pound Lane at 6 Dickens Drive. He was our age. Perhaps you knew him?

By Alan Davies
On 30/06/2017