Blackmore Area Local History

Images of Blackmore: Then And Now

A pictorial tour of Blackmore (Essex) in old postcards and new photographs
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The houses on the right pinpoint the location of this picture.  On the left, a postcard photograph taken by Fred Spalding of Chelmsford and on the right a similar view from one hundred years later. The photographers are standing at the rear of The Bull public house by Megerry's antique shop looking across The Green in Blackmore.

At the other end of The Green is the village pond. Here the scene captures the Baptist Chapel to the left, and a shop in the old postcard to the right.  
An unusual view of the Village Pond and houses in The Green looking across from Ingatestone Road near The Barge house.

"Blackmore Street" is an enchanting postcard from the early twentieth century.  On the left is Swan House, then a draper's shop and on the right is Crosse House, then W F Wilson, baker.  Crosse House was a newsagents until about 1999. It is now a private house.
An unusual view of Fingrith Hall Road, again by Fred Spalding, taken by Horsefayre Green.

On Horsefayre Green, looking towards Nine Ashes.  To the left is Prince Albert Cottages and the Prince Albert public house. To the right is The Post Office.

Fingrith Hall, Blackmore. The house in the postcard has since been demolished.

"The Village, Blackmore, Essex" is a scene in Brentwood Road (now Blackmore Road) looking north. On the left is Fyrtles, now obscured by trees whilst on the right is now Holly House (built 1968) where there was previously a row of three cottages. The old school (now being converted lovingly into a house) is at the top of the road in the distance.

A postcard taking a similar view showing the row of three cottages, now demolished, Fyrtles, and the Wayside Tea Rooms, which was in business until the 1950s.

Last updated: 30 November 2009