Sunday, 1 May 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 this month at St Peter & St Paul Church, Stondon Massey. For the latest information, visit

BBC Essex: Spreading the word about William Byrd

I was at the BBC Essex studios in Chelmsford this morning participating in a live interview on the Ian Wyatt’s Sunday morning ‘Faith and Fun’ programme, promoting the name of William Byrd and the Festival which commences at Stondon Massey next Saturday. Ian had confessed to not having heard of William Byrd. In suitable first of May mood the station played an extract from ‘This Sweet and Merry Month of May’, the madrigal composed by Byrd in 1590, and released 400 years ago this year.

The interview can be heard on the I Player for the next seven days. I appeared at 7.24am, between the travel bulletin and news summary. I should appear about 1 hour 22 minutes into the programme.

To listen to the programme go to

Chelmsford Cathedral

The Cathedral Church of St Mary, Chelmsford, has been accorded Grade I listing status. The former parish church of the county town was designated as the Church of England’s mother church of the new Diocese in 1914. The building dates back to the fifteenth century. (our photograph is of the Cathedral)

Toot Hill Phone Box

Stanford Rivers Parish Council has purchased a redundant red telephone box on the Essex Way, near the Green Man public house and has plans to convert it into a tourist information centre.


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