Places to visit in Essex
Audley End, the Mansion c1910
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
Grand Jacobean mansion built by the first Earl of Suffolk between 1610 and 1614. It passed to Charles II who used it a palace because of its close proximity to Newmarket; it later returned to the Suffolk family and then the Griffin families. The mansion has been reduced in size and altered over the years with neo-classical features and a Gothic chapel added. Contains an historic picture collection, natural history collection, and furniture.
The gardens were remodelled by Capability Brown and has a delightful artificial lake in front of the house. The park has several monuments and temples. Immediately to the rear of the house there is also a wonderfully restored Victorian parterre.
Audley End, 1880
The property is now in the control of English Heritage. See above link for information on opening times.
Interior of Audley End - 19th century picture
Find your Ancestors in the Newspapers
Newspaper archives are now a very important source of information for researching your family tree.
Try our example search to help you discover if your ancestors are in the British Newspaper Archive.
New options from Findmypast
Findmypast have announced a change to their offerings to UK family historians.
There are now three options: Starter, Plus and Pro. The big change is that Plus and Pro now allow access to the 1939 Register even on a monthly package.
Their website contains more information and sets out the difference between the options.
Looking for pictures to add to your family tree album?
Ebay is a good source of old images of Essex towns and villages. If you're looking for pictures to add to your family tree album, then try one of the auctions, or there are several 'Buy It Now' shops offering postcards which have been touched up and improved - so if you're unsure about bidding, try these.
Link below already formatted for Essex and Postcards.