Bygones and Essex Tales



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



Terling Place and Lord Rayleigh

The subject chosen today by Margaret Mills for her BYGONES feature was Terling Place and one of it’s former occupants Lord read more



Get Mapping

For today’s historical feature, Margaret Mills looked at the lives of Essex based father and son cartographers, John Walker Snr read more



Squire Christopher Tower of Brentwood

The subject of Margaret Mills’ historical feature today concerned a man who was the Lord of the Manor of Weald read more



The “Prittlewell Prince”

For this week’s historical feature, Margaret Mills told me about the so dubbed, “Prittlewell Prince”. This involved the excavation of read more



Walthamstow’s “ICE CREAM QUEEN”

  For her historical feature this week, Margaret Mills took us back to the 19th century to look at the read more



Latton Priory

The subject chosen by Margaret Mills today was Latton Priory near Harlow, where a number of surveys took place to read more



The lottery back in Tudor times

For today’s feature Margaret Mills took us back to Tudor times with news of a national lottery during the first read more

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