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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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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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War and Remembrance: Dunmow’s Emergency Committee

It is a well known that during the Second World War (1939-1945), Britain prepared itself for the potential invasion of the country by Nazi Germany. However, not so well known is that during the First World War (1914-1918), with German … 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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The Victorian Children of Great Dunmow

During the stress of the last few months with my recent legal action against Essex County Council, Victorian photos – particularly those known as carte de visite photographs – have haunted my waking moments.  This is perhaps a strange hobby for … Continue reading

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