|July 2004 - About the Harvey name
Many people living in Wivenhoe today will be familiar with a road
called Harvey Road. It is seen as people travel down The Avenue on
the way to the bottom of the village and the river.
I'm not sure which Harvey is commemorated by naming this road Harvey
Road when it was built in the early 1900s. Perhaps John
Martin-Harvey, later Sir John Martin-Harvey, an actor-manager, born in
Wivenhoe and apprenticed to his father's boat-building firm here before
going into the theatre.
Martin-Harvey was gifted with great energy and enthusiasm, and was
recognised as a great man in his time. His achievements were recorded in a
book researched by Nicholas Butler, published in 1997.
As Sir John Martin-Harvey was born in 1863 and died in 1944, it is much
more likely though the road is named after Thomas Harvey and then John
Harvey, or the Harvey family generally, who were boat builders here
between 1832 and 1882.
The Harvey family
originated in Brightlingsea and St Osyth. Research by Ray Harvey (see
below) has shown the first Harvey in Wivenhoe in the 1600s.
family history of the Harveys has been extensively researched by Ray
Harvey. Chris Goddard, a distant cousin of Ray's who has undertaken
additional research as well as worked in
collaboration with him, has published their combined works on his web site:
research is shown on: www.harveyhistory.info His
web site provides details of over 18,000 family members he has
traced - not all Harveys though!
To find out more about Ray Harvey, who lives in Australia, click here