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 12:42PM

Coach pick up at Writtle, then first stop the impressive Norman Great Clacton Church, large due to Richard de Belmais Bishop of London 1108-27, wide pilaster responds, the bases of vaulting ribs in the nave reveal it was formerly vaulted like Copford Church [also was under the Bishops of London). Thich walls, deeply recessed large windows, important church. Pict of Roger Tabor talking about the large external corresponding flat butresses.

By Roger Tabor, Jul 26 2017 10:28AM

Essex Countryside & Wildlife course accompanied our tutor Roger Tabor to Brightlingsea where he had first found Lesser Calamint growing a few years ago in the medieval churchyard. We were there to monitor if there were changes in its distribution in the churchyard. It was not yet in flower, but it is a distinctive plant, & compared to Roger's last records we were able to show that it had spread. Good news for a rare plant that especially likes churchyards.

By Roger Tabor, Sep 2 2014 12:24PM

This church that sits on the crest of land before it slopes down to the estuary & R Crouch, remarkably can hardly be seen from the road in its village as it lies back behind the old housing.The course members were welcomed with a much appreciated hot drink on our arrival by the vicar, (our visit was in March).

The Ferrers family seem to have started building the church around 1250. Its porch timbers are C15. Unusually the belfry rests on a tie-beam rather than on the more usual posts.

The wall monument to Cecilie Sandys d 1610 was well worth seeing, and is remarkably fine. She was the widow of the Archbishop of York, and kneels in prayer in a carved canopied rose arbour. Original greens and red colour is amid the gold, black & marbled-white. Off to the pub opposite after!