Friday, 1 April 2011


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

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 in celebration of the great Elizabethan musician and composer who died in 1623 and is buried in the churchyard (photographed resplendent with daffodils). We have two weekends, four events, six occasions. Tickets are selling rapidly. The organisers anticipate full houses for the concerts on 7 & 14 May. For the latest information, visit

The Churches Conservation Trust

St Andrew’s Church, Willingale Spain, is in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. A relatively new web page has come to my attention :


The Old School House in Blackmore is for sale by informal tender. Its present owner has lovingly converted the property from a run-down school and former library into a house.

Flicker set of photographs of Willingale, taken from the top of the tower of Christopher’s Church:

The Chase Hotel swimming pool in Ingatestone: long since demolished, on Flicker:

Albert Sutton of Blackmore in 1911 census:


For an extensive list of links to other sites go to:

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