These are the notes made by Nicholas Butler who interviewed Miss J A Stark of 16 The Cross (Ropery House), The Avenue, Wivenhoe as part of his research for his book “The Story of Wivenhoe”. These notes have been re-typed by Ann Jones from Nicholas Butler’s original notes and posted here by Frances Belsham
What Miss Stark told Nick Butler
Was told by a gentleman with a bicycle who had lived here all his life that some people from Nacton bought the rope works. Narrow guage railway line on the field behind Ropery House when she first bought it in 1952. Concrete foundations for machinery. Mr John Canham from whom I bought this house, told me that Mr Browne had lived here. The Ropery prospered until 1914-18 (Note by NB: this cannot be true) The Ropery was mechanised. The ropewalk was a deep ditch down as far as Harvey Road. The workmen walked along it twisting the rope.