Tuesday, 1 February 2011


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

Postcard Collection

Over the coming weeks Blackmore Area Local History will be uploading copies of old postcards. One hundred years ago these were the e mail or twitter of their day. Fortunately the pictures on the front, as well as sometimes the comments made by the writer, can be very interesting to local and family historians. The card illustrated is of Nine Ashes Farm, technically in High Ongar parish. Last year the building was extensively renovated. For a while the infilling of the walls was removed to expose the timber framing, and I regret now not taking a photograph of the twisted hedgerow trees which were fashioned by skilful carpenters to create the Grade II listed sixteenth century, or before, building.

Flicker pictures

Fryerning Church: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cy-46nikon/5335919737/galleries/

Mountnessing Windmill: http://www.flickr.com/photos/21898360@N07/5375737609/

Ingatestone Secondary School remembered

The school which became the Anglo European School in 1973 is remembered by a local resident: http://www.thisistotalessex.co.uk/news/Gran-s-learning-computers/article-3085458-detail/article.html

West Horndon on Wikipedia

Go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Horndon?oldid=0

William Byrd Festival

The ‘William Byrd Festival’ will be held at St Peter & St Paul Church, Stondon Massey, on 7, 8, 14 & 15 May 2011. For the latest information visit http://www.williambyrdfestival.blogspot.com.

A Folk Song A Day

Don’t forget the marvellous site http://www.afolksongaday.com


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

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