Friday, 2 December 2016

Blackmore: 261 Bus Service Axe. Essex County Council will Not Support Continuation.

A message on Facebook posted by the Parish Council:

The County Council will not meet representatives from the parishes affected by the ending of the 261 service. Instead, they announced today (Thursday) that: ..."the budget for supporting local bus services is fully committed this year and in future years. As a result it is unlikely to be in a position to replace the service."

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Blackmore: News

Villager writes on Facebook: 
A very sad day for the village .Our lovely old post office closed, glad its reopening in the Co op but that wont be the same . ...also sad to see the Albert shuttered . The village used to be a thriving hub for the whole area. Lets hope the Albert isn't bought by another property developer. The Bull fight continues!

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Blackmore: End of Era as Blackmore Post Office Relocates

End of Post Office

Thursday 24 November 2016 is a sad day for local historians in Blackmore, as it marks the final day of trading at Blackmore Post Office which opened in 1888, and has above its door ‘JHA 1888’ where this is John Henry Arthy the first postmaster on the premises.  John Henry Arthy is recorded a churchwarden of the Parish Church and has his name inscribed on a bell recast in 1901.

Times change.  The Post Office moves to the local Cooperative Store on the following day and is very much a trend.

My great great uncle, Robert Knight (23, bachelor) married Augusta Arthy (22, spinster) on 29th October 1865 at St Leonard’s Church, Lexden.  Robert lived in Water Lane, Lexden, Augusta in Shore Hill in the same parish.  Robert was a carter, his father-in-law, John, a husbandman.  Augusta’s brother I believe, looking at my notes from 2006, was John Henry Arthy.

Final days of Blackmore Post Office

Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Blackmore / Brentwood: Withdrawal of 261 Bus Service threat

Hi. you may or may not be aware that the 261 bus service is being withdrawn from the 16th December.
The parish council have posted information on this link:

They have included information on who to contact to voice concerns. 

I believe this is an important service which we need to ensure keeps running. If you feel the same please email the relevant people in the information and also pass this on to anyone you know who may be affected by the withdrawal of the service. 


Friday, 1 July 2016

Ingatestone: Somme Commemoration

The events of the first day of the Battle of the Somme were remembered at 8am today with a simple service by the War Memorial to mark the centenary.  Gordon J W Francis, a Private in the Royal Fusiliers died on 1 July 1916 and is remembered on the Memorial. He was born in 1891 and lived at 21 High Street, now the butchers. He was a carpenter and married Lillian in 1907. He had two children.  He was a bell-ringer and is remembered also on the War Memorial in Chelmsford Cathedral and, specifically today, in the ringing on muffled bells at the church he attended.  An ordinary man - like the nearly 20000 who were killed 100 years ago to the day.

1st July 1916: The Opening Day of the Battle of the Somme

The Revd. Edward Reeve, rector of Stondon Massey, kept a diary called ‘Notes for a Parish History.  In it he wrote his observations of the First World War from his study in what is now Stondon Massey House.

“1st July 1916: As I write, the reverberation of the great guns and explosion of mines are shaking the windows of the Rectory and of all the other houses, I suppose, in the southern and south-eastern counties of England.  There is evidently a very heavy bombardment in progress."

Saturday, 11 June 2016

Blackmore: Queen's 90th Birthday. Trooping The Colour Flypast over village

Annual Official Birthday of Her Majesty The Queen ...

... with traditional flypast over Blackmore at about 12.55pm

Small party of plane spotters on The Green.

Red Arrows at Blackmore ...

... and at Buckingham Palace

Queen Elizabeth II and Duke of Edinburgh make balcony appearance to view flypast

Friday, 10 June 2016

Friends of St Laurence, Blackmore. 'Zeppelins Over Essex'. Thursday 16 June 2016

'Zeppelins Over Essex: 31 March 1916' is a talk to be given by Andrew Smith, with audience participation, to mark the 100th anniversary of the great Zeppelin raids across Blackmore and Essex during the First World War.  

Thursday 16 June 2016
The Priory Church of St Laurence, Blackmore

The talk follows the AGM of the Friends of St Laurence.  Admission free, followed by refreshments.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

ESAH160: Gaps in 'Current Archaeology'? We can help.

ESAH160: Gaps in 'Current Archaeology'? We can help.: Current Archaeology.   The Essex Society for Archaeology and History has received a complete run of Current Archaeology from #1 to the year 2011 which we do not need for its Library ...

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Blackmore: Auberries

Received 11 April 2016

Hello Andrew

I wonder if you could possibly tell me when The Auberries at Blackmore was demolished.  On the SEAX website there is a picture of this rather large house with a couple standing outside Ref l/Mb 38/1/15. I can find no other reference to The Auberries on SEAX.

The reason for my asking is in the 1901 census a distance ancestor Sarah Oliver (sister to my Gt3 Grandmother Lydia Caton Nee Oliver) married James R White a doctor and they were living at that time at The Auberries and I was wondering if by a slight chance the couple standing outside could be them.  Would he have been the local doctor at that time?  If the Auberries was demolished within the last 100 years or so then possibly it won’t be them as they are not on the 1911 census.
Thank you for any help you may be able to give and for your time.

Best wishes
Wendy Snowdon (Mrs)

Replied 12 April 2016

Hello Wendy

I do not know when The Auberries was demolished. 

James R White was the parish doctor but died in 1901.  The entry in the (unpublished) Burial Register states that he was 59 years old and buried 9 August 1901.  The Priory Church of St Laurence, Blackmore has a memorial window to the man, inscribed: “The window was erected by Parishioners and Friends to the Glory of God and in memory of James Robert White MB resident Doctor in this Parish. AD 1870 – 1901”.

On the 1910 Electoral Roll we have registered at The Auberries, Dr. J. Lynn Allen.  Investigation of names on the War Memorial, a survivor of the Great War was Major H.C.C. Hackney, who is named in Kelly’s Directory 1937 as living at The Auberries.



Thursday, 31 March 2016

Monday, 21 March 2016

Talk. 'Zeppelins Over Essex: 31 March 1916'.

Zeppelins over Essex: 31 March 1916

Blackmore residents had a very close shave a hundred years ago when the German Zeppelin L14 dropped bombs in the parish.  The stained glass in what is now the kitchen of St Laurence Church commemorates the night with these words: “This window is erected as a thank-offering to Almighty God for the protection in the Great Air Raid of March 31st 1916” (see illustration).

Andrew Smith has researched what happened that night and tells the story in a presentation to be given to the High Country History Group on 31 March 2016 (8pm Toot Hill Village Hall), and this summer, on 16 June, at the Friends of St Laurence Church Blackmore AGM.

The Rector of Stondon Massey, Revd. Reeve recorded details in his ‘Notes for a Parish History’:  He lived at the Rectory, what is now Stondon Massey House.

“At 11.45[p.m.] a Zeppelin dropped a series of bombs at the point where is the junction of Stondon with the parishes of Blackmore and Kelvedon Hatch: within easy distance of Soap House Farm.  A machine-gun had been lately established at Kelvedon Hatch to watch for the raiders … causing it to drop the bombs hurriedly.

“Large numbers of persons from Brentwood and the surrounding district visited the spot next day, and the large craters caused by the bombs, some 15 feet in diameter and varying from 3 to 9 feet in depth, were the astonishment of all.  The whole saucer-like cavities were left entirely clean by the explosion. … Nine of the thirteen holes were quickly found: and fortunately no life was lost or building injured. … Our windows at Stondon Rectory were violently shaken and considerable alarm was naturally caused.

“Further enquiry shows that the bombs dropped on March 31st fell between the Soap House and the corner of Blackmore between the Church and Miss Barrett’s house.  Two were dropped in the lane near the site of the old Blackmore Mill.  The remaining holes were to be found in a straight-line across the fields to Miss Barrett’s at very short intervals.  Many panes of glass were broken in the house by the concussion.”

Four people were killed in Braintree that night by the same Zeppelin crew.  To hear the full story come along to Andrew’s talk.

Saturday, 20 February 2016

'Blackmore Memories' Facebook Group

A new Facebook group has been launched by Judi Wood of Blackmore.

Blackmore Memories is for people who live in Blackmore, or used to live in Blackmore. Also people whose families came from the village,and who want to share memories of the Village and village events from the recent and distant past, and possibly get in touch with old friends from the village.

The site has a different administrator to this one. 

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Essex Record Office: 'Essex Archives Online'

New look for ERO's online catalogue

Users of the Essex Record Office online catalogue, Seax, will notice a big change on Thursday 21 January.
We have been busy working on an updated version of the site, which is going to be renamed Essex Archives Online.
We have tidied the site up to give it a cleaner look, and make it easier for you to find what you are looking for. See below for a sneak preview of how the new site will look.
The main changes you will notice will be in how the site looks rather than how it works. The changes will not affect any subscriptions or information you have saved on the system.
You will still be able to access the service through the existing web address but can now also reach it directly via
The site will include user guides should you need any help in navigating it, and as always you can contact us on should you need any assistance.
To allow the changes to take place, the site will not be available 9.00am-10.00am GMT on Thursday 21 January; we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Happy searching!

The ERO Team

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

ESAH160: Theft of Coins from Chelmsford Museum: Urgent

ESAH160: Theft of Coins from Chelmsford Museum: Urgent: I regret to advise you that the Chelmsford Museum have suffered a theft in the course of which 14 of a display of 16 late Roman coins were...

Saturday, 2 January 2016

High Country History Group: Journal No. 58 (December 2015)

High Country History Group: Journal No. 58 (December 2015): Members of the High Country History Group receive a quarterly journal. In this edition are the following items: - Ogborne's History ...