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
Southend Central Museum has had a little revamp – its archaeology section has been updated with a more refreshed look and interpretation, with some new additions. Yes, ‘Southends King of Bling’, the Prittlewell Prince burial has returned home. Many of the archaeological artefacts uncovered during the original dig are now back home and on display… Read More The Prittlewell Princely Burial Gallery – a Review
The Royal Terrace is a line of buildings, which start just past pier hill next to the Royal Hotel all the way along to the Army and Navy. The buildings were built as part of a fashionable development in Southend, part of New Southend in the hopes to entice more people to Southend and become a seaside resort to rival that of… Read More A Georgian Terrace by the Sea – the Royal Terrace, Southend.