Two Mills

Independent Adult Education

Chelmsford, Essex

Essex Countryside & Wildlife Course BLOG :

Welcome to my blog as the Tutor of

Essex Countryside & Wildlife Course


I'm ROGER TABOR, and this blog is to give a flavour of the activities on the course. What does it cover?


Everything about the history & wildlife of Essex & its countryside!


Every evening & every year of the course is different as we follow an ever changing range of topics.


I note here some of the things we have looked at!


When you get to the bottom of a page, to see more click on 'older' for earlier posts on other topics.

800th Anniversary Lecture: Charter of the Forest 1217

By Roger Tabor, Mar 19 2018 06:03PM

Our tutor Roger Tabor gave a lecture to us & members of BNA Essex Branch at Moulsham Mill, Chelmsford, Essex, on the 800th anniversary of the day that the Charter of the Forest was sealed by William the Marshall for the young 10yr old Henry III in St Pauls Cathedral. This charter with Magna Carta are recognised as forming the basis of Common Law. The Charter of the Forest took out of Forest Law the Royal Forests set up between the reigns of Henry II to King John, & gave greater access to Royal Forests to free men.

Pict of cattle grazing in Hatfield Forest, Essex. Commoners rights of grazing & pannage in Royal Forests were granted under the Charter of the Forest.. At one point all of Essex was termed Forest of Essex coming under Forest Law.

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