Places to visit in Essex
Standing on the brow of a steep hill, commanding a fine prospect over the Thames estuary into Kent is the ruins of Hadleigh Castle.
Reproduced courtesy of Francis Frith.
The castle was built in the reign of Henry III., by Hubert de Burgh, Earl of Kent. The castle was confiscated by the King and remained with the monarchy. There were later additions by Edward III in 1360-70. It was sold in 1551 and its stone was used for building materials.
The only parts now standing are two towers at the south-east and north-east angles and part of the curtain walls. Cockle shells which were used in the mortar can still be seen.
A more detailed account of its construction appears on the English Heritage, Images of England.
Below the castle is the Hadleigh Castle country park
print published 1834
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.
Ancestry.co.uk now has the 1939 Register.
Discover your ancestors at the start of the Second World War. The Register covers England and Wales.
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.