Maldon, Essex, a place for day-trippers and popular with families. The town began during the Saxon era, although evidence of Neolithic and Roman habitation have been discovered. Initially known as Mael-dun, meaning the meeting place Hill. Maldon’s main claim to historic fame was the battle of Maldon against the Saxons and the Vikings in 991… Read More Maldon’s Past
During my adventures in between lockdowns, I visited a dilapidated farmhouse on the outskirts of West Horndon Essex. it is on the at risk register compiled by SAVE. It was not too far from me and I was curious into this building that had been left to ruin yet was listed. Cholleys farm has no… Read More At risk – Cholleys Farm
As wedding fair season approaches this month’s post is on Creeksea Place, a wedding venue in Essex. I visited Creeksea Place 11 miles south-east of Maldon back in the summer. Owned by the Bertorelli Family, it has been a wedding venue since 2000. It started life as a Tudor Mansion and over the centuries has been a residential home, farmhouse, school and military base. It is believed the current house dates from around 1569 and likely to have been built for Sir Arthur Harris and his new wife Dorothy to live in. In the National Archives the record of the death of William Harris, father of Arthur, refers to ‘the New House’.… Read More Creeksea Place – a forgotten Tudor Mansion
History is everywhere. Some of it is still in existence such as buildings, manuscripts and archaeology. Some are not and their physical existence has been lost to time. But just like a tree which still makes a noise when it falls in the forest even though no one may have heard it our history still… Read More Hidden Castles in plain sight
by Lily Harris Twitter: @lilyharris_wri As Christmas creeps closer, many of us are getting excited about putting up decorations or planning the family’s traditions. But where do these traditions really come from? We’re looking at 5 common Christmas practices that you might not have given a second thought to – and the history behind each… Read More The Origins of Our Beloved Christmas Traditions
Countess of Warwick Visiting the Castle today, you will find the State rooms set up for a weekend party in 1898. At this time, the Castle was home to Francis and Daisy Greville. Daisy was renowned for her weekend parties at the castle where the elite of Victorian society would attend, including the Marlbourgh House… Read More The Story of Warwick Castle (part 2)
What: The National Trust or to give it its full title – The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty – is a charity which focus on heritage and environmental conservation in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. It was founded in 1895. Much of its income is generated from Memberships, donations, entrance… Read More National Trust – 125 years.
Past Pleasures are a Historical Interpretation Company set up in 1987 by Mark Wallis. Their aim is bringing history to life through a number of ways – through interpretation, design, education, training, and consultation. They are the UK’s oldest professional costumed historical interpretation company. Mark Wallis the company’s managing director believes that museums and historical… Read More Heritage in focus – Past Pleasures