Bygones and Essex Tales

Oh I do love to be beside the seaside!

  For her look back at past times, this week Margaret Mills turned the clock back to see how most read more

Mary Anne Clarke and the Grand Ole’ Duke of York

This afternoon Margaret Mills turned her attention to focus on a notorious woman born in 1776. The lady in question read more

The connection between Colchester and “HUMPTY DUMPTY”

Of course being a Tuesday I was joined once more by Margaret Mills who explained all about the connection between read more

More about Sylvia Pankhurst

For a second consecutive week, Margaret Mills turned her attention over to a member of the Pankhurst family, who were read more

Sylvia Pankhurst’s Essex links

This week Margaret Mills turned her attention to one of the Pankhurst family members – of suffragette fame – and read more

A hard pill to swallow!

  The subject chosen by Margaret Mills this week concerned a man who during the last war, was busy designing read more

The holiday camps of the 1930’s

When Margaret Mills joined me today she looked back at the holiday innovations of the 1930’s.   That was when, read more

Frinton – the chosen holiday hotspot of the stars (in the 1930’s)

For today’s historical BYGONES feature, Margaret Mills who took us back to the 1930’s and Frinton-on-Sea, which was apparently the read more

The pioneers of aviation in South Fambridge

This week Margaret Mills took us back to 1909 and the earliest days of aviation when there were a number read more


For this week’s feature, Margaret Mills took us on over to OSEA ISLAND, near Maldon. There are connections there with read more

Piratical going on in Bradwell Marshes

For this week’s look at historical happenings in our county Margaret Mills related some piratical activity which took place in read more


The subject of Margaret Mills’ historical feature today was William Cresswell, who’s diary entries from around 1874 provide a glimpse read more

The “Holy Well” in Valentine’s Park, Ilford

I was joined once more by Margaret Mills who this week took us over to Valentine’s Park in Ilford, and read more

The Wedding Feast Room at Matching Green Church

For this week’s feature, Margaret Mills looked at a building in Matching Green, known variously as The Wedding Breakfast Room read more

The Jane Austin of Art

The subject chosen by Margaret Mills her historical feature today concerned a lady who lived on the Essex/Hertfordshire border during read more

Fancy getting locked in a “cage” overnight?

This week for her historical feature, Margaret Mills turned her attention to crime prevention as it was practiced in Essex read more

Hylands House and St MIchael and All Angels Church, Galleywood

For today’s BYGONES feature Margaret Mills, looked at a local benefactor, and one time owner of Hylands House in Chelmsford. read more

The man who went the extra mile!

A day later than usual, Margaret Mills joined me to tell the tale of an Essex historian, Duffield William Collar from read more

The gentleman Highwayman from Colchester

The subject chosen for this week’s feature by Margaret Mills, was one Frank Osborne, a gentlemanly highwayman,¬† who for a read more

Margaret Gatty – children’s author from Burnham on Crouch

The subject chosen by Margaret Mills this week was a children’s author from Burnham on Crouch. Her name was MARGARET read more

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