Saturday, 1 November 2008


Welcome to this month’s round-up of local history and heritage in and around Blackmore, Essex.

Blackmore History website goes live

Today marks the official launch of the website . On the site you will find:
- a transcript of the 1910 Electoral Roll for Blackmore
- an index of family names associated with Blackmore
- a page dedicated to those who gave their lives in the First World War
- some notes about Blackmore’s Parish registers
- a house history of ‘Jericho Priory’
The site is linked to this blog. Do please take a look and pass on your comments.

Somewhere to go at Fryerning Church

Fryerning Church has installed a new toilet facility by creating an extension through the north doorway. Pictures of progress can be seen by clicking on the following link.

Moving graves at St Martin’s Church Ongar

A proposal has been made to create a green space in the area around St Martin’s Church, Chipping Ongar. This will entail the moving of gravestones over 150 years old. Read Keldon for more information:

Great War commemoration: local events

At the Keene Hall, Galleywood, the local historical society is putting on an exhibition, ‘The Great War – Galleywood and Beyond’ on 8 November 2008 from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Follow this link for information.

Not to be outdone either in the neighbouring parish, the Stock and Buttsbury Heritage Society is holding an exhibition commemorating those who went to war from their villages. The event will be held at Stock Village Hall, Saturday 8 November, 10.30am to 5.00pm and Sunday 9 November from 11.15am (after the Service at the War Memorial) to 5.00pm.

Finally, on Remembrance Sunday itself, the Priory Church of St Laurence Blackmore will be open following the Parade Service through to 3.30pm. As well as enjoying the quiet of this lovely building there will be an opportunity to learn more about those from Blackmore and Stondon Massey who served in the First World War. The small ‘exhibition table’ will draw on material used in the creation of this project. Learn about those who served, air raids, rationing and votes for women.

Two books will also be released this month: ‘Blackmore Remembers’ and ‘Stondon Massey Remembers’. Both are subtitled “A collection of notes about the First World War and of those who gave their lives”. These limited edition booklets are priced £1.50 each and sold in aid of local church funds.

Great War commemoration: other news

Over the next few days there will be a surge in items published on the Internet and elsewhere about the First World War. On 11 November Blackmore Area Local History will be presenting a round-up of local happenings.

Links list

The following links are recommended, although I cannot be responsible for their content.

Blackmore Area Local History
More information can be found on the sister site. (I am responsible for the content of this site!).

Blackmore Village website.
Very popular community website contains local and family history information.
Now with over 10000 hits

Priory Church of St Laurence
Link to Parish Church (Church of England) website - Home page
History page
Friends of St Laurence, Blackmore
The web-page of the support group

Other sites
History House (includes a link to this blog), written by Keldon.

Photos, maps and memories from the Francis Frith collection


Bessie Blount

Villages nearby covered by BALH
Buckhurst Hill

Epping Forest District

Mill Green Windmill,_Fryerning


Index of village history

Stondon Massey


History News Across Essex
This blog will try to cover everything about the heritage of the Blackmore Area. For coverage across the whole of Essex, the following link is recommended.

Historical Societies and Groups in Essex
Blackmore does not have a local history group but, to use a cliché, others are available.

Brentwood & District Historical Society

The Essex Congress lists a number of historical, heritage and civic groups and societies on its website. Follow the link.
Local History and Archaeological Societies in Essex
Essex Congress – home page

Essex Society for Archaeology and History - home page

The Foxearth and District Local History Society. A village in the north of Essex with an incredible website.
It includes a listing of “museums, stately homes and various other places to visit in East Anglia that would be of interest to anyone interested in History or Archaeology”.
Also ‘Links’ to other websites

Local History Workshop

Places to Visit

Copped Hall, Epping

Epping Forest District Museum, Waltham Abbey

Ingatestone Hall

North Weald Airfield Museum

Churches in Essex

This website, with many photos, is a real labour of love by its author, John Whitworth.
For the Blackmore page, follow this link. “Carlsberg don't make timber church towers ...but if they did ... they'd be the best timber church towers in the world!”

Lost Churches in Essex
Andrew Barham’s book includes nearby Berners Roding.

Brentwood Cathedral
This is featured on a blog profiling architects Quinlan and Francis Terry

Essex Record Office

The starting point for on-line research. Find out what amazing documents are available at Chelmsford.

Victoria County History
Ongar Hundred
Victoria County History Volume IV. Ongar Hundred, published in 1956. Reproduced on British History Online
In case you are wondering, the history of Chelmsford Hundred has not been published by VCH yet. It is an ongoing project. Work is concentrating at present on the seaside towns in the Tendring area.

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