News from the Past

When researching for this website we often find a little snippet of information on a location or subject which may be of interest. Some are quirky, some show that there is nothing new in this world, and some about the attitudes and morals of the time. Here's an index of those currently posted:

Un-English fighting is frowned upon at the Essex assizes (1840)

A Swindler fleeces landlords in Maldon, Southend and Chelmsford (1817)

True love and its tribulations in Langford (1808)

11 year old boy sentenced to death at Chelmsford (1800)

Practical joke with snakes goes wrong in Brentwood (1865)

Road rage at Loughton - it's not only a modern problem (1804)

Somnambulism - the danger of sleep walking in Great Waltham (1871)

Sleeping across the parish boundary in East Hanningfield (1830)

Alleged witchcraft at High Easter (1880)

Sensational literature corrupts a boy in Epping (1879)

Man sells his wife at Chipping Ongar (1823)

Stisted labourers ready to strike for beer (1917)

Gentlemen riot over food bill at Rayleigh (1805)

Highway robbery at Ardleigh (1840)

In the stocks - perhaps an apocryphal tale from Aveley (1823)

Juvenile crime - an early start in Bocking (1864)

Barn on fire at Bowers Gifford (1832)

Hit and run incident causes death at Braintree (1834)

Policeman drowns at Burnham-on-Crouch (1851)

Food riot at Chelmsford (1772)

The Elsingham Gang terrorise the county (1817)

Supergrass reveals all at Fordham (1826)

Doubtful identification in a highway robbery at Fyfield (1819)

Preparing to stop invasion at Great Baddow (1804)

Desperate poachers in Great Coggeshall (1790)

Threshing machine scares horse in Great Coggeshall (1888)

Murder at the Doctor's Pond in Great Dunmow (1862)

Church spire collpases in Halstead (1844)

Attack on a clergyman and his son in Harlow (1891)

Post Office theft by a raven in Kelvedon (1861)

Walking race causes a drugs scandal in Lexden (1817)

Storm at sea brings death to Leigh-on-Sea sailors (1842)

Forgers strike in Little Waltham (1817)

Farm labourers riot for better wages in Myland (1830)

Bare knuckle fight at Navestock (1829)

Argument over a beer bottle leads to murder at Saffron Walden (1874)

The over-weight man of Stebbing (1754)

Train crash at Bradfield (1864)

Rabies strikes at Stanford Rivers (1878)

Fined for opening a pub during divine service at Orsett (1842)

Railway navvies cause problems in Writtle (1839)

Police have problems arresting labourers in Grays Thurrock (1864)

The Ramsden Crays' man who searched half the county for his ass (1832)

Inter-village rivalry between Felsted and Stebbing leads to riot (1832)

Spending priorities lead to conflict with Margaretting parish (1831)

The dangers of playing with lucifer matches in Little Baddow (1849)

Smugglers are chased and abandon their contriband in Laindon (1836)

Celebrations for a birthday in Ingatestone (1831)

Harwich inhabitants in a panic over cholera (1831)

Find your Ancestors in the Newspapers

Essex Standard Newspaper

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.

Help me find my ancestors

Looking for an unusual Christmas Present?

Why not buy a DNA kit for a family member?

Let them discover the story of their ancestors.

The kit is delivered to their door. Now discounted to £63 on Ancestry

Learn more at Ancestry DNA.

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 already formatted for Essex Postcards. Browse through or type the name of the location in the Ebay search box.