Welcome to this month’s round-up of local history and heritage in and around Blackmore, Essex.
On the picturesque green at Writtle, Aubyns dated c.1500 is going through a substantial renovation (see photo). The architect and owner very generously have on display at present in the garden a photograph of the property following a devastating fire which damaged the central hall range on 30 July 1936 but kept intact the two cross wings. The property borders Church Lane and shows evidence of part of the building once being a shop. For the news story go to: http://www.thisistotalessex.co.uk/news/WRITTLE-Hall-s-Aubyn-s/article-1638594-detail/article.html; a blog entry of work in progress click http://www.pascott.co.uk/blog/?p=29’; and a Flicker picture from 1989: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7733434@N04/3077157135
Aerial Photograph of Blackmore
The picture last month was an aerial photo of Blackmore village but one made into a jigsaw puzzle. Fiendishly difficult to complete I am told; it was a Christmas present from a relative.
Burial Register (1893 – 1992) Look Up Service
The webmaster has a transcript of Blackmore’s Burial Register, with kind acknowledgment to the Vicar and Churchwardens of the Priory Church of St Laurence, Blackmore. The Register covers the period 1893 to 1992. The original is in the Church safe and not deposited at the Essex Record Office.
I recently received the site’s first enquiry, which I could readily answer. “I have just discovered that my great grandfather, Daniel Walker, was the publican at the Prince Albert in 1906 & 1908. He died on 27 May 1912 aged 66 and I wonder if you have a record in your burial transcripts. Your website is quite amazing - your passion for your hobby shines through, keep up the good work. Regards from sunny NSW Australia”. Daniel Walker was indeed buried at Blackmore on 31 May 1912. He was 66.
War Memorial Research Project Group
The work of this Group to identify all the names carved on Blackmore’s War Memorial is almost complete but inevitably there are some gaps in biographies which remain to be filled. The good news is that all names have been identified sufficiently to allow the obelisk to be accurately re-engraved. The professionals are coming to The Green this month. One of the interesting aspects of the Project is the number of people who have made contact through this blog and the partner website. If you have any information on those who died or survived from Blackmore and the surrounding area from the First World War we would be very pleased to hear from you.
Supporting ‘Help For Heroes’
Lyndon March, whose family originally hail from Ingatestone, and Connor Mayes (otherwise referred to as ‘The Dynamic Duo’) are a couple of teenagers who will be taking part in a 350 mile sponsored bicycle ride from London to Paris in July 2010 in support of ‘Help For Heroes’. You can follow and support their fund raising efforts on http://connormayes.blogspot.com/2010/04/blackmore-area-local-history-essex-home.html. I am delighted to lend my support to them and their cause. Come on lads!!!
Memories of Stondon Massey
Brian Buttle, who now lives in Australia, has posted on the Francis Frith website his memories of Stondon Massey in the 1930s and 1940s. He recalls the American airmen over here with their chewing gum. For more see: http://www.francisfrith.com/stondon-massey/memories/my-time-spent-in-stondon-massey_140471/
Information about summer 2010 opening: http://www.eastofenglandtouristboard.com/lets-go/thedms.aspx?dms=13&w=800&campaign=289&soc=289&feature=1&venue=0229801
The London Family History Centre holds various transcripts relating to Doddinghurst: http://www.londonfhc.org/content/catalogue?c=5&p=England,England,Essex,Doddinghurst&f=1
Summer Afternoon Teas
The newly refurbished Priests House next to All Saints Church Doddinghurst will be open for afternoon teas on summer Sunday afternoons (16 May, 20 June, 18 July, 15 August, 19 September) between 2.30 and 4.30pm. In aid of church funds.
At the Priory Church of St Laurence, Blackmore, the famous Teas In The Tower is on the 1st Sunday in the month from May to October, 2.30 to 4.30pm.
Finally, the church at Stondon Massey is open to visitors on the 2nd Sunday in the month from 2.30 to 4.30pm, from May to September. The duty stewards will be more than happy to boil the kettle for you.
Essex Life features Writtle Archives: http://www.greatbritishlife.co.uk/article/writtle-archives-19646/
New Flicker Pictures
Ingatestone Hall – a window: http://www.flickr.com/photos/chris37111/4524970437/
Blackmore Area Local History
http://www.blackmorehistory.co.uk/ has gained in popularity in recent months. When 40 visitors clicked on the website in the week ending 11 April this took the total count to over 1000. This means that over 500 hits have occurred since November. Latest statistics show that in the week ending 25 April there were 47 hits, which is a new record.
“When an old man dies a Library burns down”.
A walk around Mountnessing: http://www.greatbritishlife.co.uk/article/walk-around-mountnessing-19645/
For an extensive list of links to other sites go to: http://www.blackmorehistory.co.uk/externallinks.html