Tuesday, 1 September 2009


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

Railway Heritage

A celebration of Essex railways and rolling stock continues throughout this month on ‘Blackmore Area Local History’. This month’s picture is of a local L.N.E.R. steam engine at the East Anglian Railway Museum at Chappel and Wakes Colne in the early 1990s. To view the complete series (to date) go to http://blackmorehistory.blogspot.com/search/label/railway

Heritage Weekend

For the latest information about what is opening during the 2009 Heritage Weekend (which is on Saturday 12 September and Sunday 13 September) visit: http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/search/?p=1&county=Essex&laa=Brentwood&town=All&type=All&period=All&thursday=on&friday=on&saturday=on&sunday=on

Ingatestone Hall

‘Early Modern History’ is the prolific work (which is an understatement!) of one blogger and academic historian, Christopher Thomson. Included recently were:
- pictures of the exterior of Ingatestone Hall: http://earlymodernhistory1.blogspot.com/2009/08/ingatestone-hall-mid-16th-century-home.html.
- the portrait of Sir William Petre: http://earlymodernhistory1.blogspot.com/2009/08/sir-william-petre.html
To see the latest posts click here: http://earlymodernhistory1.blogspot.com/


The Mountnessing Parish Council website has created a link to http://www.blackmorehistory.co.uk/mountnessing.html but in return I draw your attention to their page ‘Tales of Old Mountnessing’ (http://www.essexinfo.net/mountnessingparishcouncil/tales-of-old-mountnessing/) which contains an edited version of my great uncle’s (W. W. Reed) speech entitled ‘Retrospect’, given in 1950. There is also a page of village photos worth a look: http://www.essexinfo.net/mountnessingparishcouncil/village-photos/

North Weald Airfield History

This is the title of an extensive website about the North Weald aerodrome, established in 1916 which became RAF North Weald and a major fighter base in both World Wars. The site is produced by W H Aitken and contains information about the airfield’s history, its museum and ‘Debt of Honour’. This blog covered the museum as part of its commemoration of the Great War (http://blackmorehistory.blogspot.com/2008/09/north-weald-airfield-museum.html). The site has a link to ‘Blackmore Area Local History’ on its own links page: http://www.northwealdairfieldhistory.org/content/links.


A subject of enormous debate in Britain is the weather and whether or not it has been a good summer. The ‘Independent on Sunday’ has tried to settle the matter by issuing two essays (‘The IoS weather lists’) charting extremes in the UK climate over the last 200 years. Writtle is mentioned twice. Read on … http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/the-iiosi-weather-lists-1766259.html and http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/climate-change/the-iiosi-weather-lists-part-2-1769701.html

Rough Justice Victorian Style

Essex was one of three counties topping the league table of hangings. For more read the link to the BBC: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/8181192.stm


For an extensive list of links to other sites go to: www.blackmorehistory.co.uk/externallinks.html

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