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Bygones and Essex Tales



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



The Black Death

  For this week’s feature, Margaret Mills transported us back to the dark days when Essex, along with much of read more



Mother Gregson – the tobacco smuggler from Leigh-on-Sea

This week Margaret Mills examined the, not unsuccessful career of a female tobacco smuggler from Leigh-on-Sea, who was known as read more



Are there really any connections between Essex and Disney and Washington?

Believe it or not there really are connections between at least two Essex villages and the big names of Disney read more



Pleshey – A story of prosperity and treachery!

This week Margaret Mills conducted us over to the Essex village of Pleshey as it was in the 14th century. read more



Thomas Jenner Spitty – the Billericay benefactor

Margaret Mills’ subject today concerned a one-time benefactor of Billericay, a man who rejoiced in the somewhat unusual name of read more



The Rochford Volunteers

  The subject Margaret Mills chose today concerned a very unorthodox military detachment that existed in Rochford during the period read more



Rayleigh’s Dutch Cottage

  For today’s feature, Margaret Mills conducted us to Rayleigh to hear about the Dutch Cottage on Crown Hill. Listen read more



Which side of the bed do you sleep?

  For her historical gem this week, Margaret Mills transported us back to the 18th century and the tale of read more

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