Category Archives: Tudor Local History

The local history of a town during the Tudors

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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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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Bishop’s Stortford Through Time

I am absolutely delighted to tell you that my first local history book is in the final stage of its publication. It’s due to be in all good book shops in the UK 15 September 2014 – but you can … Continue reading

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The Vermin man of Bishop’s Stortford: 1569-1571

At the moment, I am knee-deep in postcards, papers and books relating to the Hertfordshire town of Bishop’s Stortford, whilst I research and write my forthcoming book Bishop’s Stortford Through Time for the publishers, Amberley Publishing.  During my quest for material, … Continue reading

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The Witches of Elizabethan Essex

“Ioane Cunny, liuing very lewdly, hauing two lewde Daughters, no better then naughty packs, had two Bastard Children: beeing both boyes, these two Children were cheefe witnesses, and gaue in great euidence against their Grandam and Mothers, the eldest being … Continue reading

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The only Welshman in the village: A Tudor conundrum

During my research of Great Dunmow’s Tudor past, I have come across quite a few mysteries and conundrums.  One such mystery is that of Griffith Ap Rice, a Welshman who appears in Great Dunmow’s records in the 1520s and 1530s. … Continue reading

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Transcript fo. 7r: Tudor Great Dunmow 1527-1529

Transcription of Tudor Great Dunmow’s churchwardens’ accounts (1527-9) [in the left margin]The churchwardens Choson Anno xxjmc [21st regnal year of Henry VIII sometime between April 1529-April 1530] Thom[a]s Savage John Clark John Cooleyn [Collin?] John Dygby [This margin note appears … Continue reading

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Balancing your books in pounds, shilling and pence

How is your mental maths? When doing your household budgeting, can you quickly and easily add together pounds and pence (or dollars and cents)? In this modern day and age, the task is relatively easy – especially when using calculators … Continue reading

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Reformation wills and religious bequests

Today’s post is about the contents of Tudor wills and how they can be used to inform the modern-day reader about religion during the turbulent reigns of Henry VIII and his three children.  The text below formed one of the … Continue reading

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Plough Monday – a Medieval Tradition

Detail of a medieval plough (folio 77v) from The Macclesfield Psalter, probably produced at Gorleston, East Anglia circa 1330 Gold & tempera on vellum, 17cm x 10.8cm, © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*- Today, the first Monday after the Christian feast … Continue reading

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