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.

By Roger Tabor, Aug 1 2018 01:21PM

AAfter a great lunch at the Red Lion at Kirby le Soken, we headed south to Great Holland Hall where our tutor Roger Tabor talked about the buildings, & former farmer Charles Hick's C19 diary which covered the era of the 1930 "Swing Riots" which involved Gt & L Holland & Kirby le Soken as well as other places across the S & E. Threshing machines were destroyed as a reaction to mechanisation & a number of factors affecting agricultural workers livelyhoods. The Hall was also subsequently significant for Mr Hick's daughter in law Lilian Hicks b 1853 & her daughter Amy b 1877 were active in Women's Suffrage.