Bygones and Essex Tales

A postman’s reward

The topic chosen by Margaret Mills for her feature this week concerned an Essex postman, Samuel Wyatt, who in 1833 read more

A right old rumpus at a hostelry in Rayleigh

For our Bygones feature today, Margaret Mills regaled the story of a near riot which ensued at one of the read more

Conrad Noel – the “red” vicar of Thaxted

The subject chosen today by Margaret Mills was Conrad Noel, the “red” vicar of Thaxted. He held the post there read more

The Dunmow Flitch

This was the subject of this week’s feature chosen by Margaret Mills. So just what is THE DUNMOW FLITCH? Well read more

The day Queen Victoria went to Epping Forest

The subject chosen by Margaret Mills this week concerned the events resulting from Queen Victoria’s visit to Epping Forest. All she read more

The Essex connection with the poet, JOHN CLARE

The subject of today’s feature by Margaret Mills, concerned the Essex connection to the poet, John Clare. If you missed read more

The Harlow Tye Reformatory School

The subject chosen by MARGARET MILLS this week concerned a reformatory school which was established at a farm house in read more

A pioneering doctor from Chelmsford

The subject chosen by Margaret Mills this week, was that of an 18th century medical pioneer from Chelmsford, Dr Benjamin read more

The works of Clarissa Bramston

  The subject chosen by Margaret Mills this afternoon concerned a lady called Clarissa Bramston, who was married to a read more

The sad story of the Brentwood railway disaster of September 1850

  As usual on a Tuesday afternoon I was joined by Margaret Mills who today related the story of a read more

Lady Olivia Sparrow

  For today’s look back at yesteryear, Margaret Mills related the story of LADY OLIVIA SPARROW, a lady who was a read more

Cricket 1760’s style!

This afternoon Margaret Mills took us back to the 1760’s when a cricket match between rival teams from Essex and read more

So just who was IONA OPIE?

The subject chosen by Margaret Mills this week concerned a lady who was born in Colchester as IONA ARCHIBALD. She read more

The “TITANIC” window in Ongar

It was good to welcome back Margaret Mills today, who’s subject this week concerned a commemorative window installed at St read more

St Mary’s Church, Widford

Margaret Mills joined me again today to look at St Mary’s Church in Widford and its connections with Hylands House read more

When Daniel Defoe visited Essex in 1724

For this week’s feature, Margaret Mills took us back to the Essex of 1724 when the county was visited by read more

Motor Racing in Essex – Oh yes!

For this week’s feature, Margaret Mills revealed that just after the war, Essex acted as host to some of the read more

The Essex connection with the National Gallery

This week, Margaret Mills took us back to the 18th and 19th centuries to look at the life of a read more


Well Anne Knight was a well known Quaker lady, born in Chelmsford in 1786 who went on to campaign for read more

The Essex connection with Dracula!

I was joined once again today by Margaret Mills who reported on the Essex connection with Dracula. It seems that read more

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