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Bygones and Essex Tales

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

Two Essex Churches

The subject chosen today by Margaret Mills concerned two Essex churches – St Nicholas at Ingrave and St Mary the read more

All about the Purleigh Colony

The subject selected by Margaret Mills this week concerned the Purleigh Colony, which was established by some Russia émigrés just outside read more

Who was Chelmsford Brenda?

  I was joined this afternoon by Margaret Mills who revealed the identity of CHELMSFORD BRENDA. And no, she was read more


  The subject of today’s feature by Margaret Mills was an Essex based naturalist from Chignal St James, near Chelmsford, read more

Artist Augustus John and his times in Essex.

The subject chosen by Margaret Mills for this week’s feature was the life and times of the famous artist, Augustus read more

Alfred Lord Tennyson in Essex

  The subject chosen this week by Margaret Mills concerned the time spent in Essex by Alfred Lord Tennyson.   read more

The Essex Agricultural Strike of 1914

Margaret Mills took as her subject today the Essex Agricultural Strike which lasted for much of 1914 – ending only read more

The first petrol driven car on Essex roads

This afternoon Margaret Mills took us back to the earliest days of motor transport – and the Essex inventor of read more

Pioneers of coach transport in Essex

Being a Tuesday I was once again delighted to welcome back Margaret Mills who took us back to the coaching read more

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