This page has had much help from the Stebbing Local History Society, who do a splendid job and publish an online Journal 4 times a year

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1888 Ordnance Survey Map

George Turner, my ggrandfather, was born in 1865 at Tanners, Stebbing, shown above at the north end of the village. Tanners was once part of Great Dunmow. It was owned by Jos Sweeting from 1872 [ but in 1873 he just listed at Philpot End] - 1877, at least, this from Electoral Registers Q/RPr 2/12 -27. George and parents William & Rhoda Turner were still living there in 1871C

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Tanners in 2008
with a footpath running through its well-kept garden
We were kindly invited in by its presnet owners, Sharon & Bob
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It is difficult to know if this was the actual home of
William, Susan & George Turner - I hardly feel they lived in
anything nearly as spacious. This confirmed by the following:
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& in 1916 . Tanner's Farm, built in the 16th century; the small addition on the S. is modern. On the N. front the upper storey projects on shaped brackets, and is gabled at the W. end. Condition—Bad, partly ruinous- from British History online Interestingly this description of Stebbing does not mention the Primitive Methodist Chapel?!
Old Posctcard of Tanners, in ERO


T junction shown on above map & in aerial photo below, with Duck End to the right. Tanners to the left. Coming out from the Down area. The Primitive Methodist Chapel, constructed 1865,



this 1925 photo of the Primitive Methodist Chapel was kindly sent to me by Graham Jolliffe of the Stebbing Local History Society in 2014

abandoned during WW2 and now, 2014, - below - a very sad ruin, was just beyond the white van in the 2006 postcard above. George Turner had at least 2 of his 3 children baptised there in 1890 & 1894.



Same junction looking in the opposite direction.

This also shows the Primitive Methodist Chapel - likely around 1910


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White Heart Pub,2011: this where William George Turner's friend, George Schlueter, grew up.


Correction: the Green Man was in fact to the left of the Bran End T-junction

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Interior and exterior of Stebbing Church, 2008 & 2011

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The historic building (built in 1326) of Stebbing Church has been senstively adapted to enable modern formal and informal worship and fellowship to take place with ease. The stone rood screen is one of only three in the world.The puritans put paid to the stained glass, but this has left a wonderfully light and open building, with a lovely atmosphere.

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Gatehouse farm [photo taken 2011] , where Ezekiel Turner died in 1888, it then being the, much humbler, home of his daughter, Sarah Lagdon. She lived there from 1877-1922. Position shown low, on rhs on above map.

Frank Howland wrote a book on Life in Stebbing in the 1920s

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