Bygones and Essex Tales

The Darby Digger – Wickford’s pride and joy

The subject chosen by Margaret Mils this week was THE DARBY DIGGER which was an item of agricultural machinery which read more

A smuggling we will go!

  This afternoon Margaret Mills turned the clock back to the days when smugglers used to operate widely in the read more

The Peculiar People

This week Margaret turned her attention onto the so-called PECULIAR PEOPLE, a religious group, who preached on the benefits derived read more

Great Bardfield and the Goons

  Being a Tuesday, Margaret Mills took us back to the Essex village of GREAT BARDFIELD for a second week. read more

The Lion and the Unicorn

  For today’s feature, Margaret Mills took us on a trip to the Essex village of Great Bardfield to learn read more

The story of the Methodist Minister and a suffragette

The subject chosen by Margaret Mills today concerned a Methodist Minister from Rayleigh – and a suffragette. And no it’s read more

The Sportsmen’s Battalion in Hornchurch – Christmas 1914

I was joined once more this afternoon by MARGARET MILLS, who related the story of First World War battalion, known read more

“Hooked on dodgy literature, that’s no defence”

Being a Tuesday Margaret Mills was back with me and this week was looking at someone in trouble with the read more

The miserly miller from High Ongar

Today’s feature concerned an unnamed old miser from High Ongar who died in 1854. Apparently he was a miller who read more

A postman’s reward

The topic chosen by Margaret Mills for her feature this week concerned an Essex postman, Samuel Wyatt, who in 1833 read more

A right old rumpus at a hostelry in Rayleigh

For our Bygones feature today, Margaret Mills regaled the story of a near riot which ensued at one of the read more

Conrad Noel – the “red” vicar of Thaxted

The subject chosen today by Margaret Mills was Conrad Noel, the “red” vicar of Thaxted. He held the post there read more

The Dunmow Flitch

This was the subject of this week’s feature chosen by Margaret Mills. So just what is THE DUNMOW FLITCH? Well read more

The day Queen Victoria went to Epping Forest

The subject chosen by Margaret Mills this week concerned the events resulting from Queen Victoria’s visit to Epping Forest. All she read more

The Essex connection with the poet, JOHN CLARE

The subject of today’s feature by Margaret Mills, concerned the Essex connection to the poet, John Clare. If you missed read more

The Harlow Tye Reformatory School

The subject chosen by MARGARET MILLS this week concerned a reformatory school which was established at a farm house in read more

A pioneering doctor from Chelmsford

The subject chosen by Margaret Mills this week, was that of an 18th century medical pioneer from Chelmsford, Dr Benjamin read more

The works of Clarissa Bramston

  The subject chosen by Margaret Mills this afternoon concerned a lady called Clarissa Bramston, who was married to a read more

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

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