St Mary's church, now a museum,
behind part of the river which has
been enclosed as a pond with beach,
see picture below
|William Richmond (1828 Maldon-1856 Victoria)
became a master mariner aged 21 at Trinity House London.
As an apprentice he sailed on the "Water Lilly" in 1843 to Turkey from London, carrying "powder" - gunpowder i presume.
Then Platina 1846 Geelong, to London, and the
During his apprenticeship he spent his 16th birthday 1846 in Geelong, Victoria, Australia just before sailing on the "Platina" for London.
Three times he sailed from on the Royal Alice in the years 1847-52 from London with pioneers to Adelaide, South Australia then on to Shanghai, China bringing tea and spices from East India back to London . He was the first mate on the "Royal Alice" which was as small sailing ship and very slow as these trips took one year.
Finally during the Gold Rushes in Australia he left the ship at Adelaide 1852 and went gold prospecting and got married in Victoria to Eliza Sarah DYER and had two sons, Henry James Richmond 1854 and William Richmond 1856 before he died at Keilor probably from food poisoning.
His mother was Sarah Richmond, born Burnham-on-Crouch who married James Mason master mariner of Maldon.
Sarah had an aunt Fanny Richmond who lived in Maldon and was for many years head housekeeper for Henry Harridance (1794-1859) corn merchant, Alderman, etc. High Street.. Henry Harridance was the father of William Richmond of Maldon. He left a "Richmond Trust" for Henry James for his education.
Looking uphill along High Street- Rose and Crown pub on corner of Butt Lane,
turn left from this shot to see below...the sea.at the end of the road.
[ My photos taken 1997]
Butt Lane which has a good view to the sea and river.looking North.
The house Sarah (Richmond) and "Captain" James Mason lived at during about 1841-64 was probably the house beside
"Spirit" shop, with garden in front with the dark picket fence. The Masons rented "lot 1" when it was sold in 1848 and it had a garden front and back then.
Henry James Richmond [HJR] aged 9 spent some time here in care of his grandmother, Sarah in 1863 and no wonder he remembered the Rose and Crown pub!. Sarah would probably have been living at that time either in Butt Lane or Wantz Road which comes off High street almost opposite Butt lane..
Henry Harridance's houses were in Market Hill half way down to the river,
the one on High street very close to the All Saint's and St Peters Church at the top of the hill.
Henry Harridance and his brother James Harridance were buried in the Independant or Cangregational "Chapel" + between the 2 red arrows.
That is new information from a descendant of James Harridance who lives close to Messing and Braintreee 2007.
My great great grandfather William Richmond (1828-1856) went to school at Mr Wyatts in London Road, Maldon, close to the fire station on map above - left edge. He became a master mariner getting his certificate at the age of 21 at Trinity House London.
James Mason was a ship's master and part owner with Henry Harridance corn miller, of a Thames barge "Beeleigh" .
Very likely this bread shop on High Street was once owned by Henry 's brother Samuel Harridance baker
and this is about 6 shops up the hill from Butt Lane. It has a lane beside it which connects
with the back of the property in Butt lane rented by Capt. James Mason behind the Rose and Crown Public House
This view of High Street is at the highest point. Henry Harridance corn miller, gentleman etc etc,
owned a couple of places along High St.Moot Hall with its round clock is just visible at left.
The top if Market Hill I think - it was very steep.and lead down to the bridge over the Blackwater or Chelmer River it seems to change it's name. It is now known that our ancestor , Henry Harridance [1794-1859] Maldon, was buried in the Independant Chapel [ now Congregational Chapel] at the top of Market Hill on the right in this photo.
I walked down here to the Fullbridge - looking to the left for the old WorkHouse occupied by
genealogist who found the Richmond Trust documents in the ERO - who also has Richmonds in his family tree. [ c 1988]
Looking East from the Fullbridge towards the Jolly Sailor pub.- wonder if it was ever the Jolly Rodger pub?
Then I walked along the river along a dirt footpath behing those cars adn eventurally found my way up to the Butt Lane -
quite a lot of rough undeveloped bushy land here behind the shop on High Street up a lot higher.
Looking up towards St Marys church from the lake on the River Blackwater
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