Dr Burghart's History Notes

As a historian, I am always keen to seek out the history of where I live and work. I cannot pass a village church without popping in to read the plaques and gravestones. In the Brentwood and Ongar constituency we have the oldest wooden church in the world (in Greenstead, near Ongar), and one of the newest wooden churches, St Francis in West Horndon. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star was written by Jane Taylor, who lived in Chipping Ongar...and explorer David Livingstone stayed in the town before setting off on his great journey to Africa.

My History Notes bring you some of the stories I have come across while travelling around the constituency, and if you have any thoughts on places for me to visit to learn more about our local history please get in touch.


Ringing In The New Year

If ever there was a season for the ringing of bells, this is it. The bellringers of this constituency are a keen and busy bunch.

Celebrating Essex Day

Essex Day

The feast of St Cedd, who preached to the apostate East Saxons and who died of plague on this day in 664.
Raised on Lindisfarne by Aidan, he is the patron saint of Essex.

Essex Day: Feast of St Cedd

Essex Day, which is celebrated on the Feast of St Cedd, has been marked by the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, the Rt. Hon. Michael Gove, in London today with the Essex county flag flying outside his Department's headquarters on Marsham Street.

Conserving Big Ben

It’s difficult to get a good picture of the historic vista of the Palace of Westminster from any angle at the moment, with the building covered in swathes of plastic sheeting on scaffold frames.

B17 Commemorative Service, West Horndon - 21st September

Villagers from West Horndon will gather tomorrow (Saturday 21st September) for its commemoration and thanksgiving service paying tribute to the American aircrewmen who died when two B17 bombers crashed over the village in 1943.