Crouch Valley Line - Lobbying in 1882

By the late 1800's railways were developing fast and the residents of Maldon and the Dengie 100 felt left out of the revolution following the opening of the  London to Norwich Railway lines and the proposals for a  London to Southend line.

The public pressure led to an open public meeting  held on 10 November 1882 at which the Chairman and Directors of the Great Eastern Railway heard from local residents about proposals to extend the London to Southend Line with a link to Southminster and then to Maldon.

The meeting was reported in the Essex Standard.

Great Eastern were represented by Mr Parkes ( Chairman) , Mr Charles and Mr Read ( Directors) , Mr Birt ( General Manager) Mr Hadfield ( Secretary), Mr Fenn ( Solicitor) and Mr Wilson ( Engineer).

The meeting was organised by Mr J T Gale of Bradwell on Sea assisted by Mr F Bird of Maldon.

In attendance were

Councillor Warren ( Mayor of Maldon)

Mssrs Sadd and Eve (Aldermen of Maldon)

Mssrs Rutt, Float and Freeman ( Councillors of Maldon)

Captain Thompson, Rev H Venn Ellis , Mr F Bird, Mr W Crick and the Town Clerk - Mr J C Freeman ( Maldon)

J S Prior, W Page ( Southminster)

Jas Page, Mr Porritt, Mr W Sewell and Mr J T Gale ( Bradwell on Sea)

John Bunting ( Latchingdon)

H G Crabb ( Tillingham Hall)

John page ( Mayland)

Chas Page ( Dengie Hall)

J Rogers ( Burnham on Crouch)

Mr Sewell ( Stow Maries)

Letters of apology for non attendance were read from Mr J Oxley Parker and Mr Chas F Kemp.