Category Archives: Local History

Post about the local history of Great Dunmow

A day on the River Blackwater, 23 November 1891

At present my blog is becoming sadly neglected whilst I concentrate on my other local history activities – such as researching and writing my history books and giving talks on Essex’s past to clubs and societies.  I now mainly write about Essex’s … Continue reading

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Essex Local History talks

I am pleased to announce that I now give talks all over Essex and Suffolk on various aspects of local history (full list as below). A fully illustrated PowerPoint presentation accompanies all my talks and I will bring all the … Continue reading

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Christmas Advent Calendar: 22 December

To celebrate my forthcoming book, Postcards from the Front: 1914-1919 (due out next Spring), each day from now until Christmas, I will be posting on this blog, postcards from the First World War with their messages home.  Click on the … Continue reading

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Christmas Advent Calendar: 4 December

To celebrate my forthcoming book, Postcards from the Front: 1914-1919 (due out next Spring), each day from now until Christmas, I will be posting on this blog, postcards from the First World War with their messages home.  Click on the … Continue reading

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Local history is not an inaccessible past…

The Essex local paper Saffron Walden Reporter have printed a review of my local history book about the town of Saffron Walden and its surrounding villages of Audley End, Littlebury, Wendens Ambo and Little & Great Chesterford, Saffron Walden and Around Through Time. … Continue reading

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Saffron Walden and Around Through Time

I am delighted to tell you that my third local history book, Saffron Walden and Around Through Time, has now been published by Amberley Books and is available in “all good bookshops”. Saffron Walden is a beautiful market town in … Continue reading

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Suffolk Voices Past: Sudbury, Long Melford and Lavenham Through Time

I am delighted to tell you that my second local history book, Sudbury, Long Melford and Lavenham Through Time, has now been published by Amberley Books and is available in “all good bookshops”. Suffolk is an incredibly beautiful county with … Continue reading

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Maldon Mud Race 2015

Mud, Mud, glorious mud. Nothing quite like it for cooling the blood! So follow me, follow. Down to the hollow. And there let us wallow. In glorious mud Essex is a strange county to live in, with its traditions and … Continue reading

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Henry VIII and the looting of the monasteries

It is widely known that following Henry VIII’s break with Rome in 1533, he went on to forcefully dissolve and destroy all the numerous religious monasteries across England. This he achieved by the end of the 1530s. Dissolved religious houses … Continue reading

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Book signing event: Saturday 6 December 2014

A date for your diary… I will be at Bishop’s Stortford Tourist Information in the Market Square on Saturday 6th December 2014, from 10am until 12pm, signing copies of my new local history book on the town. I look forward … Continue reading

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