Biographies

This page within the people section of the website contains biographies, in alphabetical order, of those who had connections to the local area.
For further information on an individual please select the link buttons to the right of the entries below.

Coulson, Robert Gustavus

Robert Coulson was commissioned into the King’s Royal Rifle Corps in 1918 at the age of 19.   He was ordained in the 1940s and founded the Fellowship of Contemplative Prayer.  Robert was the rector at St Mary’s Church, Stansted, during the 1950’s.
The interview was recorded at his retirement home in Oxfordshire in April 1991 when he was 91 years old.

Oliver, Evelyn May

Evelyn Oliver was the midwife for Fairseat and Stansted for over 30 years from 1926 and added the encampment that preceded Vigo Village to her patch after the war. She lived in the District Nurse’s Cottage (now Oliver’s Cottage) in the centre of Fairseat. This lively account of her life includes recollections from two of her family who grew up in Fairseat.

Shahmoon, Ezekiel Elia

Ezekiel Shahmoon was a wealthy merchant from an Iraqi family who purchased Trosley Towers in 1935 following the death of Sir Philip Waterlow and had it demolished the following year.  The estate became the Officer Cadet Training Unit during the war and Croudace Homes Ltd. subsequently developed part of the estate in the 1960s to become Vigo village.  Ezekiel Shamoon continued to live in North lodge, Harvel Road, until his death in 1972. Note: The thumbnail image is of Ezekiel’s father, Elia.

Stoneham, Ivor Russell

Ivor Stoneham was a long term resident of Stansted and Hodsoll Street and lived at both Mingram (now Stansted House) and Pettings Court.  As the owner of Pettings Court he farmed 184 acres of land between Fairseat Lane and Hodsoll Street.  He was unmarried and died aged 73 in February, 2018 after a short illness.

Webb, Jill

Jill and Peter Webb lived at The Old Rectory in Stansted for 40 years until 2010 when they moved to Allens Farm in Plaxtol.  Jill had a lifelong love of horses and was the District Commissioner for the West Kent Meopham Pony Club.  She helped to organise the annual gymkhana at the Stansted fete for many years.  Jill sadly died on Christmas Day 2019.

Wood, Brian

Brian Wood moved to Fairseat in 1964 and is a well known gardener and bee keeper. He has recently been the subject of a prizewinning portrait photograph by Tom Poole, another Fairseat resident.