Local Weather Facts for Kelvedon, Essex
In 1918, the weather brought heavy snow, followed by a rapid thaw and the banks of the River Blackwater in Kelvedon were breached. It was the worst flooding that could be remembered as "the water exceeded anything previously remembered". In January 1987, the weather gave Essex a real taste of Siberia. Snowfall was so severe that the county was paralyzed and villages, such as Kelvedon, were cut off from the outside world. The snow was so bad that people were able to walk along the tops of hedgerows in the freezing weather.
It seems likely that the village of Kelvedon has a history that goes back to Roman times. It sits on the A12 road which, in Essex at least, follows the path of the Roman road between London and Colchester. Kelvedon was certainly a settlement by the early Medieval period and was the site of a bridge over the River Blackwater that ensured that Kelvedon became an important staging point for traffic between London and Norfolk. In the 19th century the London-Norwich line was built by LNER and Kelvedon station led to another period of growth for the village. Kelvedon remains a pretty village and a popular place to live because of its access to both road and rail links to London and Ipswich.
The most notable son of Kelvedon is the great Victorian preacher, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, who was born in the village on 19th June 1834. Kelvedon also gave its name to a type of pea called the 'Kelvedon Wonder' which was developed by a notable local business called Kings Seeds.