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Remembrance: The World War One Memorials of Great Dunmow

I am delighted to be able to tell you that fellow local historian of Great Dunmow, Austin Reeve, has just published his book Remembrance: The World War One Memorials of Great Dunmow. Austin has meticulously researched some of the men … Continue reading

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Remembrance Sunday 2014: Great Dunmow’s Roll of Honour

Remember the men of this place who died for freedom and honour A.D. 1914-1918 Percy Charles Archer: died 15 July 1917 John Lewis Pasteur Armstrong: died 22 June 1916 Frederick Attridge: died 9 October 1916 Frank William Bacon: died 4 … Continue reading

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The sugar beet factory of Felsted/Little Dunmow

I have written before on my blog about the aerial photography taken of the town and environments of Great Dunmow by a small aircraft flying high in the skies of East Anglia in 1928.  During the same flight, the small … Continue reading

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Bringing home the bacon: The Dunmow Flitch Bacon Factory

Dunmow* is known throughout the world and history as being the English town where the curious but ancient custom of the Dunmow Flitch takes place.  This ancient ceremony is when couples come into the town, and, in front of a … 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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Interwar Great Dunmow from the air

In 1928, an aeroplane flying above the skies of East Anglia, took these incredible aerial photographs of Great Dunmow St Mary’s Church, Churchend, Great Dunmow.  The churchyard is in the top left of the photo; the vicarage is opposite the … Continue reading

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Berbice House School – Great Dunmow

When fellow local historian, Austin Reeve, read my post about Great Dunmow’s Through all the changing seasons and the comments about the local boarding school, Berbice House, it prompted him to get in touch with me and send me 6 … 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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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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