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From: Dave Dobbin <>
Subject: Re: [Ess] Seabrights - Great Baddow
Date: Tue, 22 Nov 2011 05:30:25 -0500 (EST)
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Subject: Ess] Seabrights - Great Baddow
> Anyone out there that lives in, or has knowledge of, Great Baddow?
> Just found out from a memorial inscription on their grave stone at St Mary's
> Church, Great Baddow that my 5 times great grandfather and mother, William
> Polley 1724-1801 and Mary nee Beetle C1723-1785, were resident in a house
> called Seabrights, (at some time known as Sebrights) which was then in the
> parish of Great Baddow, but now may be in Galleywood.
> Will try to get down there in due course, but wonder if anyone knows if the
> house is the same one as Great Seabrights as shown on Google Earth (what you
> can see of it looks "too new" to my untrained eyes). Have tried a "Google"
> search and cannot find very much of use at all. The Seabrights Barn
> restaurant next door looks authentic, but will hope that someone with local
> knowledge may have a better idea.
I only know a small bit about the area, but my Bundock/Bundick family were based around there for many years and at least one of them may have worked on Seabrights Farm.
At http://www.stmichaelsgalleywood.org.uk/history/blog it says:
"The Parish of Galleywood Common was formed by Order in Council dated 2Oth Oct. 1874 from portions of the Parishes of Great Baddow, West Hanningfield, St Johns Moulsham and of the Parish of Orsett. It covers a scattered area which extends roughly from the Pumping Station (now Fowler Court) on Galleywood Road, to the turning to Wickford on the Stock Road and from Seabrights Farm on the road to Baddow,"
This shows that Seabrights (or Seabright's Farm) was more than likely in Great Baddow parish, but in 1874 was 'moved' into the parish of Galleywood (or Galleywood Common).
It is also important to differentiate between the farm house called Seabrights (or any variation) and the cottages that formed part of the farm but which may also have been referred to as 'Seabrights'. Local knowledge may have been such that everybody knew that 'x' lived in the 'big house' and 'y' lived in the small cottage at the far end of the yard, so those recording the details weren't particularly fussy about being too specific.
PS, I'm told that it is recommended to have a meal at the restaurant which I believe is a renovated listed building