For her historical gem this week, Margaret Mills transported us back to the 18th century and the tale of an Essex inhabitant of a house on the borders of East Hanningfield and Great Baddow.
When she became sick, she needed help from the parish but as her property straddled the parish border, there then followed an argument as to which of the two parishes would have to take responsibility.
In the end the matter was settled once it was established on which side of the bed she slept!
In today’s feature, Margaret Mills looked back at the smuggling activities in Essex, but especially around Rochford, where it seems that St Andrew’s Church was once the centre of much illicit contraband activities.
Listen again here to what Margaret told me today:-
For our BYGONES feature today, Margaret Mills turned her spotlight on FRED MIZON a sculptor of straw from Great Bardfield who had created a large exhibit, known as THE LION and the UNICORN, especially for the FESTIVAL OF BRITAIN, that was staged on the South Bank of the THAMES back in 1951.
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It was good to see that Margaret had survived the arctic conditions we endured last week and was back today to tell us all about a Methodist Minister, Nehemiah Curnock and his daughter, Ruth, a Suffragette who it was rumoured was responsible for throwing a brick through the window of the Post Office in Rayleigh.
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On today’s feature, Margaret Mills regaled us with the story of a 16-year old boy, who in May 1879 had been caught stealing from his next door neighbour.
Clearly not too bright a lad for making his first foray into crime by going no further than next door, but what makes the story even more sublime is that his defence lawyer tried to suggest that his client had been led astray by reading “inappropriate” material.
Not much of a defence it must be said.
And indeed it didn’t work as his client was sentenced to 4 months hard labour.
Doubt that in those days there’d have been much dubious material to read whilst incarcerated.
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Today’s feature concerned an unnamed old miser from High Ongar who died in 1854.
Apparently he was a miller who had somehow amassed a fortune of around £7000 in cash and a similar amount in investments which together must have been worth the equivalent of close on £2m in today’s money.