George Washington, the first president of the United States of America in 1789. He grew up at Bridges Creek in Virginia and was the son of Augustine and Mary Ball Washington but did you know that the ancestors of America’s first president had their origins in England, and that they have a link to my… Read More Presidential Purleigh – George Washington and his links with Essex, England
Guest post by Samatha Grant Nestled in the heart of Braintree District in Essex is a little place called Bocking. More accurately, it is split into two, Bocking itself and Bocking Church street. I moved into Bocking Churchstreet 16 months ago, into a little Grade II end terraced cottage. It is one of many… Read More Local History – Bocking Essex
Little Wigborough, Essex – 23/24 September 1916 This September will be the 80th Anniversary of the blitz on London but many people don’t realise it was not the first. Britain experienced its first air raids conducted by Zeppelins during the First World War and Essex regularly had these ‘monsters of the purple twilight’ droning over… Read More The Zeppelin down the Garden
In the North Wes of Essex lies the town of Maldon. It sits on the edge of the River Blackwater. Today it is a popular place for families and day-trippers in the summer. I remember myself going on the odd day trip there. It has some beautiful views of the estuary. The town has been… Read More Come quickly to us, as men to the fight – The Battle of Maldon.
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.