Tagged with Essex history

Waltham Abbey

Waltham Abbey

This town is now part of London’s northern commuter belt, but the Abbey was one of the wealthiest before Henry VIII closed it. It was founded by King Harold who was miraculously cured by the relic of the Holy Cross which had come from Montacute in Somerset.  After the Battle of Hastings, some of his … Continue reading

A Parish in Essex

Parish registers were ordered to be kept from the 16th century, largely it seems to keep track of marriages for the overseers of the poor. They are fascinating documents as they often provide fascinating snippets of history – abandoned children, paupers, itinerants, and the way in which they are named tells us how they were … Continue reading