History and Culture

Archaeologists, Queen Guinevere and 8000 Residents v The Planning Inspectorate

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An interesting article in the Guardian shows just how unyielding the Planning Inspectorate can be on big housing applications. It’s an example from Shropshire: A powerful group of senior archaeologists are sharpening their trowels to fight “ethically unacceptable” plans they say will destroy one of the nation’s greatest Iron Age treasures. Old Oswestry Hill Fort, an imposing ancient feature that…
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“Rochford Hospital- Over 150 years of caring for the sick and elderly”

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There’s a good brief history of Rochford Hospital on the Community Archive here. Here’s an extract: By 1884 the Board of Guardians of the workhouse hospital were informed that, “there is insufficient accommodation for the treatment of patients suffering from infectious diseases and further wards are necessary.” However, very little seems to have been done about the overcrowding as, in…
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Inside The New Museum

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From Rayleigh Through The Looking Glass this month: As many of you will be aware, 91 High Street (formally Yours clothing shop) is undergoing renovation and building works. Once complete the downstairs will be a restaurant (Pizza Express) and the upstairs will be the Rayleigh Town Museum (www.rayleightownmuseum.co.uk). So this month we thought we would show you some pictures of…
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1580?

Readers of onlineFOCUS will know we sometimes write about local history. Well, we’ve just stumbled across the blog of the Essex Archive Office, and they have some interesting stuff there. Their latest piece is on a new book about Essex in WW2. Seraching for articles about our part of Essex doesn’t lead to much – there are few entries for…
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