In St Mary’s Church, Prittlewell on the wall is a plaque remembering a Thomas Dowsett. He is buried in St John’s, Southend along with many members of his family. There was once a Dowsett Avenue in Southend and there is a ward at Southend Hospital named after him. Who was he and why is he… Read More In Focus – Thomas Dowsett
The White Tower, London – standing tall within the confines of the Tower of London’s walls. London was not always the capital of England and that there was another keep built to the same design of the White Tower but much larger, so large in fact that it is the largest keep in all of… Read More Temple of the Gods to Hell on earth…..- the story of Colchester Castle
St Marys Church, Prittlewell Just to the north of Southend on Seas High Street stands a beautiful church, complete with graveyard and tower. The church is St Mary’s and should not be ignored. Aside from it being a picturesque church, St Marys has stood on the spot before the creation of Southend, a church was… Read More The Mother church of Southend
“How do you know she is a witch?” “Well, she looks like one” – Monty Python and the Holy Grail. If you imagine a witch, what do you see? An old bent woman with a wart on her nose? a pointy black hat who is accompanied by a black cat? the stereotypical image that comes… Read More Here be Witches – Essex and Witchcraft
Birth: c.1497 City of London. Death: 12th June 1567 Rochford Hall Parents: John and Agnes Rich Wife: Elizabeth Jenks, 1536(?) Children: Mary, Elizabeth, Anne, Audrey, Dorothy, Winifred, Robert, Frances, Hugh, Thomas, Agnes, Barbara, and Richard. Timeline: 1527 – Became an MP. 1528 – Wrote to Wolsey with his suggestion to reform the Common… Read More In Focus – Richard Rich
Some people frown or laugh when I tell them that I do research for a paranormal investigation team, others find it fascinating and ask about what happens and my experiences. Whatever your beliefs on the matter what the investigations brings out for me is more of an understanding of the history of the sites. It… Read More Every place has a story to tell – Lofts Farm, Heybridge.
As a kid, I would go to a place called Gunners Park. It was a green open space with a duck pond, some wooded areas and a nature reserve. I loved exploring it; especially looking through the fencing of a private area where there was a hill, which my sister and I would joke was… Read More A small town with explosive history – Shoebury Garrison