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Bygones and Essex Tales



Eastbury Manor House, Barking

The subject chosen today by Margaret Mills was Eastbury Manor House in Barking which dates back to 1573.   There read more



A fitting memorial

Being a Tuesday Margaret Mills returned to tell us about an unusual First World War memorial at Dollyman’s Farm, Rawreth, read more



The Wanstead man who became Astronomer Royal

The subject chosen by Margaret Mills for today’s feature concerned two astronomers from Wanstead, one of whom became Astronomer Royal. read more



Chichester Hall

  The subject chosen by Margaret Mills this week concerned the history of what is now the hotel and dining venue, read more



“Fluffy” – The Prodigal cat of Canewdon

The story we heard from Margaret Mills today involved a cat which went missing in Canewdon during the war. It read more



The former castle at Saffron Walden

The subject chosen by Margaret Mills for today’s feature, concerned the castle which once overlooked Saffron Walden, or Walden as read more



St Giles Leper Hospital in Maldon

Being a Tuesday, Margaret Mills returned with information about a charitable hospital established for lepers in Maldon, that itself became read more



Another murder in Clavering

I was joined once more today by Margaret Mills, who’s story this week involved a woman, named Rebecca Lawe who read more



The “ARTFUL DODGERS” of Southend-on-Sea

    It was good to welcome back Margaret Mills for the first time this year. Margaret’s subject today concerned read more



Philemon Holland

This week the subject of our Bygones feature chosen by Margaret Mills, was that of the multi-talented Philemon Holland, who read more



Dr Plume’s library

The subject chosen by Margaret Mills today concerned an unusual reference library established in Maldon in 1704 by a Dr Plume, read more



John Mechi – A Tiptree farming entrepreneur

The subject of today’s feature chosen by Margaret Mills, was of a Tiptree based farming entrepreneur by the name of read more



“Dr Livingstone, I presume”

The subject Margaret Mills chose this week was the period that the renowned missionary, Dr David Livingstone spent in Ongar. read more



The Arkesden Salamander

The subject of Margaret Mills’ topic today was that of Baron John Cutts of Saffron Walden, known as the Arkesden read more



Gladys Turbard – The Queen of Laindon

The subject chosen by Margaret Mills for today’s BYGONES feature, was  GLADYS TURBARD – the woman known locally as the read more



Are we there yet?

Margaret Mills took as her subject today, a totally incompetent map maker from Ilford named, Henry Joist. Dating from around read more



The fighting bricklayers of Writtle

  On today’s feature, Margaret Mills took us back to the 19th April 1839 with the story of striking bricklayers, read more



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

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