The growth of South Woodham Ferrers

1889       Railway opened

1893       Champions Farm Sold

1895       Start of Champions Hall Estate land sales

1898       Start of Eyotts Estate land sales

1903       Congregational Mission hall opened

1904       St Mary's Mission hall licensed for worship

1926       Baptist Church in Clements Green Lane opened

1927       Women's Institute Hall opened

1929       Smallholders' Hall opened

1929       South Woodham Primary School opened

1930       Baptist Church opened in Hullbridge Road

1931       Assembly Mission Hall (later Evangelical Church) opened

1938       Sea wall breached and flooding

1939       Passenger service on Maldon railway line ceased

1948       End of ferry service across River Crouch                       

1953       Bushy Hill Marconi opened

1953       Sea wall breached and flooding

1956       Diesel trains replaced steam trains on branch line

1962       Cooper Estates plans approved

1966       Official opening of sewage works

1968       Demolition of footbridge and station buildings

1971       South Woodham School (Elmwood) opened in Guys Farm Road

1973       New Village Hall opened

1975       Formal turf-cutting at start of Essex CC’s new town project

1976       Country Park officially opened

1976       Gas pipeline to the town completed

1976       First 'new town' house occupied (Fennfields Road)

1977       Woodville Primary School opened

1978       Asda superstore opened

1981       Her Majesty the Queen visited town

1981       Oakland Hotel opened

1981       Collingwood Primary School opened

1982       Church of the Holy Trinity opened

1982       Official opening of Sports Council Pavilion Saltcoats

1982       ‘Town Crier’ Public House opened

1982       1000th ‘new town’ house occupied

1982       William de Ferrers Centre/Community School opened

1982       Shaw Farm restaurant opened

1983       Squash Club/Leisure Centre opened

1984       Completion of new road to Rettendon Turnpike

1986       Chetwood Primary School opened

1986       Health Services Clinic opened

1986       Electrification of Wickford-Southminster railway line

1987       Ambulance station opened

1988       William de Ferrers Annex opened

1988       ‘The Curlew’ Public House opened

1988       4000th ‘new town house occupied

1991       Cinema opened in town centre

1995       Police Station opened in Town Centre

1996       Compass Gardens officially opened

1999       Jehovah's Witness Kingdom Hall erected

2002       Disposal of last County Council ‘new town’ housing site

2005       Swimming Pool opened

2006       Ian Roberts becomes the town's first mayor

2007       Railway station name changed to 'South Woodham Ferrers'

2009       New WI Hall opened

2009       Chetwood School closed