Bygones and Essex Tales

The crash of the Cromer Express in 1905

  For a second day running I was joined by Margaret Mills, who for two weeks in succession, took us read more

When Witham was big news!

The subject chosen by Margaret Mills this week concerned the town of Witham between the 16th and 18th centuries when read more

The Essex connection with Sir Thomas Moore

For today’s feature MARGARET MILLS explained how King Henry VIII’s “Mr Fixit”, Sir Thomas Moore is connected with our county. read more

ENID PORTER, Essex born folklorist

Albeit 2 days late, Margaret Mills spent time today looking at an Essex born folklorist, ENID PORTER from Westcliff on Sea, read more

Terling Place and Lord Rayleigh

The subject chosen today by Margaret Mills for her BYGONES feature was Terling Place and one of it’s former occupants Lord read more

Get Mapping

For today’s historical feature, Margaret Mills looked at the lives of Essex based father and son cartographers, John Walker Snr read more

Squire Christopher Tower of Brentwood

The subject of Margaret Mills’ historical feature today concerned a man who was the Lord of the Manor of Weald read more

The “Prittlewell Prince”

For this week’s historical feature, Margaret Mills told me about the so dubbed, “Prittlewell Prince”. This involved the excavation of read more

Walthamstow’s “ICE CREAM QUEEN”

  For her historical feature this week, Margaret Mills took us back to the 19th century to look at the read more

Latton Priory

The subject chosen by Margaret Mills today was Latton Priory near Harlow, where a number of surveys took place to read more

The lottery back in Tudor times

For today’s feature Margaret Mills took us back to Tudor times with news of a national lottery during the first read more

The Essex links with DISNEY and WASHINGTON

After detailed research, Margaret Mills uncovered a load of connections between the Essex village of Fryerning and the forebears of read more

Pleshey in history

For her feature this week, Margaret Mills looked back to the 14th century when the Essex village of Pleshey was read more

A Billericay benefactor

This week the subject chosen by Margaret Mills was a famous benefactor of Billericay, a worthy by the name of read more

Could invaders have died laughing?

For today’s feature Margaret Mills dropped by to tell us about a military detachment stationed in Rochford at a time read more

Rayleigh’s Dutch Cottage

For her historical feature this afternoon, Margaret Mills took us for a visit to the Dutch cottage in Rayleigh. Listen read more

A border dispute like no other!

Now I live in an area designated as Tier 1, but somewhat strangely, my immediate neighbours are classified as living read more

All about the other Wickford

Being a Tuesday I was joined once more by Margaret Mills who today was looking at the other Wickford, that’s read more

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

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