Hanningfield Reservoir near Chelmsford and Billericay in Essex
A cat on a lead in the 1970s in Rainham
Children sitting down by the beach in Southend. A Rossi ice cream shop behind them. It's the 1950s.

(and the London/Essex border area)

A view from the hallway out to the street. It's the 19050s on Philip Road in Rainham Essex.

Pictures from the Past

Portraits of Work Colleagues

These photographs my grandad took on Ilford FP3 film (I think in the 1950s) appear to have been taken at the Amar Tool and Gauge Company Ltd, Grove Road, Chadwell Heath, Romford, Essex.
I thought I'd post them here just in case anyone recognises a relative.

In researching the company I learnt that Grove Road used to be called Cat Lane, they should've kept the old name!

Portraits of work colleagues at Amar Tool and Gauge Company Ltd, Grove Road, Chadwell Heath, Romford, Essex
Portraits of work colleagues at Amar Tool and Gauge Company Ltd, Grove Road, Chadwell Heath, Romford, Essex
Portraits of work colleagues at Amar Tool and Gauge Company Ltd, Grove Road, Chadwell Heath, Romford, Essex
Portraits of work colleagues at Amar Tool and Gauge Company Ltd, Grove Road, Chadwell Heath, Romford, Essex
Portraits of work colleagues at Amar Tool and Gauge Company Ltd, Grove Road, Chadwell Heath, Romford, Essex
Portraits of work colleagues at Amar Tool and Gauge Company Ltd, Grove Road, Chadwell Heath, Romford, Essex
Portraits of work colleagues at Amar Tool and Gauge Company Ltd, Grove Road, Chadwell Heath, Romford, Essex
Portraits of work colleagues at Amar Tool and Gauge Company Ltd, Grove Road, Chadwell Heath, Romford, Essex
Portraits of work colleagues at Amar Tool and Gauge Company Ltd, Grove Road, Chadwell Heath, Romford, Essex
Amar Tool and Gauge Company Ltd, Grove Road, Chadwell Heath, Romford, Essex
Party at Amar Tool and Gauge Company Ltd, Grove Road, Chadwell Heath, Romford, Essex
Two women at a party at Amar Tool and Gauge Company Ltd, Grove Road, Chadwell Heath, Romford, Essex
A bride in a car on her wedding in July 1075 in Rainham. She is wearing a veil.

Wedding Photography

You might have ended up on this page whilst looking for a wedding photographer in Essex.

You are in the right place if you are looking for the kind of wedding photographer who takes a candid and natural approach to documenting a wedding day.


the wedding gallery

A groom and bride leaving the church of St Helen and St Giles in Rainham in 1975
Rik Mayall on a shoot for his world cup single

Essex

More Than A Stereotype

I've experienced it all my life; I was born in Chelmsford, I'm blonde, and I'm called Tracy.

It doesn't take long to look beyond the labels.
Essex has a lot more to offer than just fake tans and a terrible voting record.


A man who needs no introduction.
Rik Mayall was born in Harlow, Essex.

Chelmsford even plays a role in the history of digital photography. The first digital colour photograph in the world was taken by Dr Michael Francis Tompsett.

He was a physicist, engineer, and inventor at the English Electric Valve Company (now Teledyne E2V). The technology developed there went on to help create the CCD at Bell Labs in New Jersey where he later worked.

The charge-coupled device is used as the image sensor in a camera, it converts light into electrical signals. In 1971 Tompsett filed the patent for the CCD and in 1972 he took the first digital colour photograph, a picture of his wife.
These days most cameras now use a CMOS sensor invented by Prof. Eric Fossum, it's very similar but uses less power.

And E2V do amazing things like make the CCD sensors that take pictures in space, including those used in the Rosetta mission.
I love that something made in Chelmsford is in space capturing images.



Matt Taylor Space Plasma Physicist at Bluedot festival

Matt Taylor, space plasma physicist, at the Bluedot festival.
The project scientist for the Rosetta mission.

We have a couple of things in common - physics, and we both have Metal Hammer Golden God awards!