Category Archives: Bygones and Essex Tales

Gilwell Park, Nr Ongar

whitehouse 1On today’s BYGONES FEATURE, Margaret Mills provided us with a look at the history of Gilwell Park, near Ongar which is currently home to the Scout Movement.

Listen again here to what Margaret told me today: –

See you once more next week,
Scott

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Blackmore Priory – The House called “JERICHO”

Jericho PrioryMargaret Mills returned to reveal details of a favourite haunt of King Henry VIII’s who used to hang out for his bit of “nookie” at Jericho Priory, near Blackmore.

Listen again here to what Margaret was prepared to reveal today – at least there was no danger of her losing her head: –

See you again next time,
Scott

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Peter Chamberlain – the 17th Century physician

Peter ChamberlainOn today’s Bygones feature, Margaret Mills looked back on the life and times of, Peter Chamberlain, the 17th century physician from Woodham Mortimer.

If you missed what Margaret told me, you can listen again via the following link: –

See you next time,
Scott

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Claiming Clergy

Claiming Clergy

On today’s feature, Margaret Mills explained the details of CLAIMING CLERGY.

Seemingly in times long since gone, people could elect to be judged by ecclesiastical courts, who’s sentences were far more lenient than those imposed by standard lay courts.

To be eligible all you needed was to be able to recite one psalm!

Don’t believe me? Well listen again here to what Margaret told me today: –

See you again next week,
Scott

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The Toothill Windmill disaster.

Margaret Mills returned today to relate the sad tale of what happened after the Toothill Windmill was struck by lightning during a violent storm in June 1829.

Toothill Mill

If you missed it, or would just like to listen again, just click on the following link to hear what Margaret told me today: –

See you again next week,
Scott

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An Essex burglar of old

BurglarOn today’s Bygones feature, Margaret Mills told us all about the life………and death of the Essex burglar, John Turner from Finchingfield, who was very active in the 1820’s.

If you missed it you can listen again to what Margaret told me today by clicking on the following link:-

I’m away in hospital next week so I’ll see you next in a fortnight.

All the best,
Scott

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The body snatcher of Great Leighs

body-snatchersFor this week’s feature, Margaret Mills related the grisly tale of Samuel Clark, the body snatcher of Great Leighs.

You can listen again to what Margaret told me by clicking on the following link: –

See you again next week,
Scott

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The moon’s a balloon

Victorian balloonOn today’s Bygones feature, Margaret Mills took time out to look at the exploits of a Victorian era balloonist from Essex, one Joseph Simmons.

Unfortunately his exploits came to an abrupt end when one of the ropes from the ballon became stuck causing the craft to crash at Utling.

Listen again to what Margaret told me by clicking on the link below: –

See you again next week,
Scott

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The Sailors’ Church at Brightlingsea

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On today’s BYGONES feature, Margaret Mills took us over to All Saints Church in Brigtlingsea where the walls are covered with tiles commemorating local men lost at sea in the nearby coastal waters.

Listen again to what Margaret told me today by clicking on the link below: –

 

See you again next week,
Scott

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The scurrilous behaviour of Frances Howard

 

Frances HowardOn today’s BYGONES feature, Margaret Mills looked into the antics of Frances Howard who at the tender age of 13 had been married off to the 14-year old Earl of Essex.

It seems that whilst her husband was away young Frances “put it about” and was less than faithful to her betrothed.

Rumours and reports of her antics were widespread and you can hear what Margaret revealed to me today by clicking on the link below: –

See you again next week,
Scott

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