st peters church and churchyard in great totham essex

Great Totham, Essex is peaceful with a village shop, hall, many nice houses and a picturesque church. It’s this church that has been intriguing me this week; I’m keen to share what little I’ve learned about one moment in its history, and even more eager for further details, should anyoneContinue Reading

danbury palace in essex through the trees

I admit, this isn’t a fantastic photo. The remarkable building that’s the subject of this post is at a distance, through the trees. Danbury Palace (originally Danbury Place) is located near the beautiful village of Danbury, Essex. It dates back to 1589 and while it’s mainly been a grand residenceContinue Reading

Have you ever simultaneously made a discovery and recognized its familiarity? Thanks to Instagram, I recently acquired some lovely vintage postcards from Sorensen Books in Victoria, Canada. These charming scenes of little birds and chicks and their soft colours caught my eye. I’ve always loved vintage art and sweet scenesContinue Reading

an old graveyard in east hanningfield essex

Recently on Instagram I shared this photo I took in 2016 from the far corner of the churchyard, looking at the rear of All Saints Church in East Hanningfield, Essex. Though it’s very lovely, unlike many of the churches I’ve shared, All Saints isn’t particularly old. It dates from 1884-5Continue Reading

beeleigh abbey near maldon essex

The only thing I like better than an old house is a haunted old house. In the Maldon, Essex area this beautiful home, Beeleigh Abbey, has quite the history. Constructed in 1180 it was originally a monastery (hence the name.) The heart of St. Roger Niger of Beeleigh was buriedContinue Reading

a sign on an old church in saffron walden essex

The Church of St. Mary the Virgin in Saffron Walden, Essex, UK, is a beautiful, remarkable and historically significant Grade I Listed church. While you can be assured I’ll write about and share photos of the church in more detail, tonight I want to focus on one specific part ofContinue Reading

the front of dick turpin's cottage in thaxted

Well, allegedly! The birthplace of Dick Turpin is actually this lovely chocolate box of a house in Hempstead, Essex. However, this Grade I Listed, 15th century cottage which also bears his name is in Thaxted, Essex. It sits at the bottom of Stoney Lane, an ancient and steep cobbled streetContinue Reading

st peters the oldest church in england

A simple-looking church, the Chapel of St. Peter ad Murum (on the wall) is located in Bradwell-on-Sea (Bradwell-juxta-Mare), on the Dengie Peninsula of Essex, UK. “ad Murum” seems especially fitting as when you visit this chapel you have a real sense that you’re on the edge of the world. However,Continue Reading