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Bygones and Essex Tales


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

So this is “ESSEX GOLD”

  The subject chosen by Margaret Mills this week was something which is often referred to as “ESSEX GOLD”. It read more

The benefits of being a King’s mistress!

For her first delve into the past for a new decade, Margaret Mills took a peak at how the 14th read more

A New Town development for Essex – that never happened

For this week’s feature, Margaret Mills looked at why a new town development planned for Mistley in 1760 never happened. read more

Great Dunmow firsts in history!

On today’s feature, Margaret Mills looked back at a number of “firsts” recorded by the Essex town of Great Dunmow. read more

The Doubleday brothers from Ongar

  Being a Tuesday, I was joined as usual by Margaret Mills who’s subject today was a pair of Essex read more

Billericay in 1776

    For her chosen subject this week, Margaret Mills took us back to a very cold and snowy Billericay read more

All about Newport School

  The subject chosen today by Margaret Mills NEWPORT SCHOOL that was founded by a remarkable woman, Dame Joyce Frankland read more

Is this the man who really invented the game of rugby?

This week Margaret Mills looked back at the life and times of a renowned clergyman from Ongar. A pupil of read more

Charles Haddon Spurgeon – Evangelist extraordinaire!

For today’s historical feature MARGARET MILLS turned her attention to CHARLES HADDON SPURGEON, a 19th century preacher from Kelvedon who read more

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