Bygones and Essex Tales


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

The Lost Spa of Wanstead

For her historical feature this week, Margaret Mills went in search of the lost spa of Wanstead. If you missed read more

Leigh-on-Sea as a health resort!

Today Margaret Mills looked back at the unsuccessful plans announced by the council in Leigh-on-Sea back in 1898, to market read more

Hawkspur Camp – Great Bardfield

The subject chosen today by Margaret Mills concerned Hawkspur Camp which had been established in Great Bardfield specifically for young read more

A good day to bury some news, perhaps!

  This week Margaret Mills chose to report on a news story which made the headlines in the local press read more

The Essex tornado of 1897

Margaret Mills joined me again this afternoon to relate  the story of of the Essex tornado which took place on read more

Mary Bosanquet Fletcher

For her historical feature today, Margaret Mills took time out to look at the life of an Essex benefactor, Mary read more

Could South Woodham Ferrers be considered to be “a new town”?

That was the question Margaret Mills posed today as she took us back to South Woodham Ferrers, in the mid read more

The crash of the Cromer Express in 1905

  For a second day running I was joined by Margaret Mills, who for two weeks in succession, took us read more

When Witham was big news!

The subject chosen by Margaret Mills this week concerned the town of Witham between the 16th and 18th centuries when read more

The Essex connection with Sir Thomas Moore

For today’s feature MARGARET MILLS explained how King Henry VIII’s “Mr Fixit”, Sir Thomas Moore is connected with our county. read more

ENID PORTER, Essex born folklorist

Albeit 2 days late, Margaret Mills spent time today looking at an Essex born folklorist, ENID PORTER from Westcliff on Sea, read more

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