Tag: Medieval & Tudor

By Liam Heatherson

Tilbury Fort

Please note that this video was filmed in 2014 and therefore may not be up to our current standards. Tilbury Fort has been defending London from the threat of invasion for over 500 years. Built in 1539 by Henry VIII, it even played a role in the Spanish Armada. The Essex fort took 10 years to…

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By Joe Mander

St. Michael’s Church, Pitsea

Overlooking the surrounding marshes, St Michael’s Church has been stood on Pitsea Mount for centuries having been build around the 16th century, with extensive rebuilding taking place in 1871. Although once the whole church would have stood on this spot, today just the tower and alter remains with the perimeter marked out. It was during…

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By Liam Heatherson

St. Botolph’s Priory

St. Botolph’s Priory was an Augustinian religious house in Colchester, Essex, between c.1100 and 1536. It is Grade I listed and can be walked around today in a public park; owned by English Heritage. Whilst it is now only a ruin, it still bears intricate architectural features such as The Pardon Door archway (pictured) and…

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By Liam Heatherson

Rayleigh Mount

What now stands as a strange overgrown mound of earth piling high into the sky, squeezed behind a car park near Rayleigh high street, was once the site of a Norman motte-and-bailey castle. Rayleigh Castle, or Rayleigh Mount as it is sometimes known, was recorded in the Domesday Survey of 1086 and was the only…

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By Liam Heatherson

Morris Farm Salterns

The marshes of Essex have been valued for their salt content through the Prehistoric and Roman eras right up until present day where Maldon sea salt is still a nationwide export. Whilst it is now favoured as a seasoning, its historical value lay in its ability to preserve food prior to the use of ice…

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By Liam Heatherson

Mundon Dead Forest & Church

The small woodland of Mundon Furze is the last surviving area of ancient woodland on the vast and desolate Dengie Peninsula. Nearby is a copse of ‘petrified’ trees appearing out of the marshland mist like a landscape from a horror film. Their past is completely mysterious. The dead oak trees are not actually petrified or…

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