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Bygones and Essex Tales



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



More about the cutlers of Thaxted

For a second week, Margaret Mills returned to Thaxted to tell us more about the Cutler industry for which the read more



The “cutlers” of Thaxted

  Margaret Mills took us back today to the days when Thaxted was renowned for the cutlery industry. If you read more



The boy who would be King

    On today’s programme, Margaret Mills took us up the road to Blackmore to learn about a woman named read more



Humphry Repton- Landscape Gardener

  Margaret Mills introduced us today to a landscape gardener named Humphry Repton who used to live in Romford. One read more



It’s all about LOUGHTON HALL

I was joined again today by Margaret Mills who took as her subject this week, LOUGHTON HALL Listen again here read more



Clarence House in Thaxted

This week Margaret Mills conducted us on over to CLARENCE HOUSE – no not the one where CHARLES and CAMILLA currently read more



North Weald Bassett Aerodrome

  Margaret Mills joined me again today and took as her subject this week, North Weald Bassett Airfield, that came read more



Abigail Mashon – confidant of Queen Anne

  The subject chosen by Margaret Mills this week was Abigail Mashon, a confidant of Queen Anne who lived for read more



A judge of the people!

The subject chosen today by Margaret Mills concerned a remarkable judge, Sir Nicholas Conyngham Tindal, who was born in Moulsham read more



Elizabeth I in Essex

For this week’s BYGONES feature, Margaret Mills looked back to the days when QUEEN ELIZABETH I spent time in  our read more



An outbreak of arson on Essex farms!

In this week’s feature Margaret Mills turned her attention to an outbreak of arson attacks which seemingly occurred on various read more



Twinkle, twinkle little star!

  The subject chosen by MARGARET MILLS this week concerned the TAYLOR SISTERS of COLCHESTER. The Beverly Sisters, they are read more

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