Pyefleet House at the Peldon end of the Strood, showing damage from the 1884 earthquake. The house should have 3 chimneys - only one remains and this has considerable damage.

Photograph is from a Magic Lantern slide British Scenes 63 Essex Earthquake House JFB 533.



The name Pyefleet House was given to the house by the Tates in the 1970s. Before that it had been 'Strood Close' ...
Cat1 Mersea-->Events Cat2 Mersea-->Strood Cat3 Disasters and Mishaps-->on Land Cat4 Places-->Peldon-->Buildings

Pyefleet House at the Peldon end of the Strood, showing damage from the 1884 earthquake. The house should have 3 chimneys - only one remains and this has considerable damage.
Photograph is from a Magic Lantern slide "British Scenes 63 Essex Earthquake House" "JFB 533".

The name Pyefleet House was given to the house by the Tates in the 1970s. Before that it had been 'Strood Close' and then 'The Vicarage, Peldon.' In "The Great English Earthquake" by Peter Haining, it is named as Strood Villa. He quotes "Built in 1860 of substantial stone and brickwork";
A report on the earthquake says the house is the residence of Mr Hugh Green, the highly esteemed and wealthy surgeon of the district. It goes on "Mr Green's house is literally split from end to end - there is not a sound wall either inside or outside standing. All the windows in the house are smashed, the cap stone to the porch at the entrance is down, as also are the chimneys... [ but in this photograph the windows look largely intact... ]. For the full report, see JB01_EREP_002 and JB01_EREP_003 xxxx .


Date: cMay 1884      

Photo: Mersea Museum
Image ID IA004741
Category 1 Mersea-->Events
Category 2 Mersea-->Strood
Category 3 Disasters and Mishaps
Category 4 Places-->Peldon

This image is part of the Mersea Island Museum Collection.