Thanks The Lights Are On for your reply, but Freeserve have not changed POP, still going strong.
I have now received help from Mat in the ADSLguide forum who confirmed these settings:
Pop 3 server: pop.freeserve.com
smtp server: smtp.freeserve.com
I used the POP & SMTP entries as he suggested and of course OE is now sending and receiving.
I should have known better and used those settings, but I had made a note after installing mailwasher on the original installation post Oct 02. I believe it is mailwasher changing the settings to what I had mentioned in my post.