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Essex Miscellany
Author: Stan Jarvis
ISBN: 0 86025 469 0

Stan Jarvis has put together anecdotes from all parts of Essex from Norman times to the 1950s.

The range of topics is vast and includes:

Felsted in the Domesday Book; the story of Thoby Priory; the curse on St Botolph's Priory in Colchester; the bells of Great Baddow and of High Beach; the Devil and Tolleshunt Knights; quoits in Springfield; copperas in Brightlingsea; William Harrison of Radwinter; Danbury Palace; New Hall, Boreham; Edwin's Hall, Woodham Ferrers; the ghosts of Great Leighs; assaults in Black Notley; Will Kemp's dance through Brentwood; the overseers of Faulkbourne; torture in Braintree; blasphemy in Dunton Waylett; an apparition in Great Waltham; the Tyrells and the East Horndon dragon; the witches of Wormingford; wells at High Easter and East Hanningfield; Kitty Canham of Beaumont-cum-Moze; John Morley of Halstead; the Canvey floods of 1953; Thomas Wood, the miller of Billericay; tea-drinking in Latchingdon; Doctor James's Analeptic pills manufactured in Chigwell; John Harriott of Great Stambridge; straw hats from Gosfield; the Purfleet to Dartford Tunnel project of 1798; Jane Taylor of Chipping Ongar; highwaymen in Epping Forest; the Barking fishing fleet; Samuel Courtauld of Braintree; the boxing match between Bennywith and Joshua Hudson at Rettendon; a riot at Brentwood; the Tolpuddle Martyrs at Greensted Green; robbery at Little Baddow; the racecourses at Writtle and Galleywood; a blacksmith's wedding at Bradfield; tragedy at Great Totham; an abandoned baby in Widford; bare-knuckle fighting on Canvey Island; lopping in Loughton; a love story from Little Horkesley; Wombwell's menagerie at Colchester; Barnardo's Village Homes at Barkingside; murder in Sandon; Edward Bingham's pottery at Castle Hedingham; dog-breeding at Kelvedon; Sir Claude de Crespigny of Maldon; fog at Battlesbridge; shipwreck at Southend; Edmund Durrant's Odde Volumes of Chelmsford; Doctor John Harrison of Braintree; drunkards in Stebbing; education in Bocking; a miser in Maldon; Thomas Clarkson of Chelmsford; elections in Woodham Ferrers; N F Charrington's home for alcoholics on Osea Island; a domestic argument in Highwood; town planning in South Woodham Ferrers; apples development in Tolleshunt d'Arcy; the Food Reform Society in Little Easton; Hilder's holiday camp at Ingatestone; the Broomway at Foulness Island; Southend Beauty Show; Viscount Cowdray and Colchester Castle; St Peter's Chapel, Bradwell; Isaac Mead of Beauchamp Roding; Sunday School at Chignall St James; the ostrich at Tilbury Docks; haunted Borley Rectory; an aviation accident at Burnham on Crouch; Frank Crittall of Silver End, Witham; radio development in Chelmsford; air tragedy at Upminster; a lion hunt at Braintree; St Peter ad Vincula, Coggeshall; air attack near Burnham on Crouch; and, apple farming in Langham.

96 pages, 34 photographs, 2 line illustrations

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