Category Archives: Bygones and Essex Tales

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.

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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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Capt. Oates – the explorer

Capt OatesOn this afternoon’s BYGONES feature, Margaret Mills related the life and times Captain Oates, of the Essex based explorer, best known being being a part of Scott’s expedition to the Antarctic.

Listen again here to what Margaret told me today: –

See you again next week,
Scott

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It’s all down to the heart!

W.HarveyOn today’s Bygones feature, Margaret Mills looked back at the life of William Harvey who was the first known physician to detail how blood  was pumped to the brain and body by the heart.

Listen again here to what Margaret told me: –

See you again next week,
Scott

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