The Revd. Edward Reeve, rector of Stondon Massey, kept a diary called ‘Notes for a Parish History. In it he wrote his observations of the First World War from his study in what is now Stondon Massey House.
“1st July 1916: As I write, the reverberation of the great guns and explosion of mines are shaking the windows of the Rectory and of all the other houses, I suppose, in the southern and south-eastern counties of England. There is evidently a very heavy bombardment in progress."