Bygones and Essex Tales



The Essex links with DISNEY and WASHINGTON

After detailed research, Margaret Mills uncovered a load of connections between the Essex village of Fryerning and the forebears of read more



Pleshey in history

For her feature this week, Margaret Mills looked back to the 14th century when the Essex village of Pleshey was read more



A Billericay benefactor

This week the subject chosen by Margaret Mills was a famous benefactor of Billericay, a worthy by the name of read more



Could invaders have died laughing?

For today’s feature Margaret Mills dropped by to tell us about a military detachment stationed in Rochford at a time read more



Rayleigh’s Dutch Cottage

For her historical feature this afternoon, Margaret Mills took us for a visit to the Dutch cottage in Rayleigh. Listen read more



A border dispute like no other!

Now I live in an area designated as Tier 1, but somewhat strangely, my immediate neighbours are classified as living read more



All about the other Wickford

Being a Tuesday I was joined once more by Margaret Mills who today was looking at the other Wickford, that’s read more



The Darby Digger – Wickford’s pride and joy

The subject chosen by Margaret Mils this week was THE DARBY DIGGER which was an item of agricultural machinery which read more



A smuggling we will go!

  This afternoon Margaret Mills turned the clock back to the days when smugglers used to operate widely in the read more



The Peculiar People

This week Margaret turned her attention onto the so-called PECULIAR PEOPLE, a religious group, who preached on the benefits derived read more



Great Bardfield and the Goons

  Being a Tuesday, Margaret Mills took us back to the Essex village of GREAT BARDFIELD for a second week. read more



The Lion and the Unicorn

  For today’s feature, Margaret Mills took us on a trip to the Essex village of Great Bardfield to learn read more



The story of the Methodist Minister and a suffragette

The subject chosen by Margaret Mills today concerned a Methodist Minister from Rayleigh – and a suffragette. And no it’s read more



The Sportsmen’s Battalion in Hornchurch – Christmas 1914

I was joined once more this afternoon by MARGARET MILLS, who related the story of First World War battalion, known read more



“Hooked on dodgy literature, that’s no defence”

Being a Tuesday Margaret Mills was back with me and this week was looking at someone in trouble with the read more



The miserly miller from High Ongar

Today’s feature concerned an unnamed old miser from High Ongar who died in 1854. Apparently he was a miller who read more



A postman’s reward

The topic chosen by Margaret Mills for her feature this week concerned an Essex postman, Samuel Wyatt, who in 1833 read more



A right old rumpus at a hostelry in Rayleigh

For our Bygones feature today, Margaret Mills regaled the story of a near riot which ensued at one of the read more



Conrad Noel – the “red” vicar of Thaxted

The subject chosen today by Margaret Mills was Conrad Noel, the “red” vicar of Thaxted. He held the post there read more



The Dunmow Flitch

This was the subject of this week’s feature chosen by Margaret Mills. So just what is THE DUNMOW FLITCH? Well read more

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