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Bygones and Essex Tales



Philemon Holland

This week the subject of our Bygones feature chosen by Margaret Mills, was that of the multi-talented Philemon Holland, who read more



Dr Plume’s library

The subject chosen by Margaret Mills today concerned an unusual reference library established in Maldon in 1704 by a Dr Plume, read more



John Mechi – A Tiptree farming entrepreneur

The subject of today’s feature chosen by Margaret Mills, was of a Tiptree based farming entrepreneur by the name of read more



“Dr Livingstone, I presume”

The subject Margaret Mills chose this week was the period that the renowned missionary, Dr David Livingstone spent in Ongar. read more



The Arkesden Salamander

The subject of Margaret Mills’ topic today was that of Baron John Cutts of Saffron Walden, known as the Arkesden read more



Gladys Turbard – The Queen of Laindon

The subject chosen by Margaret Mills for today’s BYGONES feature, was  GLADYS TURBARD – the woman known locally as the read more



Are we there yet?

Margaret Mills took as her subject today, a totally incompetent map maker from Ilford named, Henry Joist. Dating from around read more



The fighting bricklayers of Writtle

  On today’s feature, Margaret Mills took us back to the 19th April 1839 with the story of striking bricklayers, read more



The big drought – 1890 – 1910

Margaret Mills returned today with news of rebellion in an Essex village resulting from a drought which lasted for about read more



The Southend hurricane of 1842

This week Margaret Mills turned her attention to a hurricane which hit Southend – no not that gave Michael Fish read more



Capt. Ann Carter – the riotous woman from Maldon

The subject of today’s BYGONES feature chosen by Margaret Mills concerned a Maldon woman who went on the rampage around read more



The Tillingham cloudburst

The subject Margaret Mills chose to reflect on today, was the cloudburst that affected areas surrounding the village of Tillingham, read more



The strange tale of Marmalade Emma

The topic chosen today by Margaret Mills concerned a somewhat unconventional woman, known as MARMALADE EMMA, who used to live read more



Escape from Chelmsford Prison

The subject Margaret Mills chose today was that of a prison break from Chelmsford Prison, which occurred in February 1847.  I’m read more



Early recruits to the Essex Police Force

For today’s “BYGONES” feature, Margaret Mills looked at the backgrounds of some of the early recruits to the Essex police read more



The Epping Sausage Scandal

The subject Margaret Mills chose for today’s feature concerned the Epping Sausage Scandal which dates back to the mid 1800’s. read more



The incredible men of Stow Maries Aerodrome

The subject chosen today by Margaret Mills concerned the First World War Aerodrome at Stow Maries, and their incredible 19-year read more



The Mansion House under siege

This week Margaret Mills returned to the subject of the Suffragettes. It seems that back in 1910 a large number read more



The Rock Sisters of Ingatestone

On today’s feature, Margaret Mills examined the activities of the suffragette Rock Sisters from Ingatestone. If you missed it, or read more



The Secret underground army unit in Ashingdon

For today’s BYGONES FEATURE, Margaret Mills re-visited war time Britain to look at the secret underground army unit which existed read more

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