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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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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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Wedding Day in Great Dunmow

It is early summer sometime in the mid-1890s. The flowers are in bloom and the leaves are in their full glory on the trees. A young bride poses with her new husband on their wedding day. She is dressed in … 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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Great Dunmow’s 1914 Military Funeral: A follow-up

A month ago, during the run-up to Remembrance Sunday, I retold the story of the December 1914 funeral of Boer War hero, Private William Gibson of the First Grenadier Regiment of the Foot Guards – Great Dunmow’s first military funeral. … 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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War and Remembrance: Great Dunmow’s Roll of Honour

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them. Remember the men of … Continue reading

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War and Remembrance: Military Funeral 1914

A year ago, I told the story of the Willett family of Great Dunmow, and how local photographer and newsagent, Arthur Willett, often took photographs of the town’s happenings, including the photo below, which he captioned as “Military Funeral 1/12/14” … Continue reading

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