Essex

Properties and events in Essex

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'Brutal but Beautiful': University of Essex Architecture Tour

Art Exchange, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ
In person
Pre-booking not required

This guided walk led by curator Jessica Twyman focuses on the 1960s architecture of the University of Essex.

7 Queen Street Colchester - One of the city's most interesting buildings.

The Queen Street Brewhouse, 7 Queen Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 2PG
In person
Pre-booking required

7 Queen Street Colchester dates from the 14th century. It has been occupied as a business and/or domestic premises for the the last 600 years.

80th Anniversary of D-Day

Boxted Airfield Museum, Langham Lane, Langham, Colchester, Essex, CO4 5NW
In person
Pre-booking not required

Commemorating D-Day with large Diorama, largescale model of P47, pictures and recollections. The 56th Fighter Group with their P47 aircraft flew protective missions over the beaches as the men landed. Our book The History of Boxted will be on sale.

A Tale of Fire, Water and Waste

Chelmsford, Essex,
Online event
Pre-booking not required

Learn about how Fire, Water and Waste were dealt with in times gone by.

A Virtual Tour of Great Baddow Part Two

Chelmsford, Essex,
Online event
Pre-booking not required

After part one last year, this year we have part two of a Great Baddow virtual tour.

A Walk In JA Baker Country

Church Road, Little Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 4BE
In person
Pre-booking required

Walk in JA Baker, author of the book The Peregrine, with your guide to point out areas of significance.

Abbey Lane Chapel

Abbey Lane, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB10 1AG
In person
Pre-booking not required

Experience the rich interior, pulpit, pews, screen, gallery and organ of this 1811 non-conformist chapel.

Art Nouveau Church St Mary the Virgin Great Warley

St Mary the Virgin Church, Great Warley Street, Great Warley, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 3JP
In person
Pre-booking not required

Wonderful arts and crafts Church.

Audley Chapel

Berechurch Hall Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 9NU
In person
Pre-booking not required

16th-century burial chapel of the Audley family, with a fine hammer-beam roof and unique monuments and features. Knowledgeable guides will be on hand to answer questions.

Backnang, Chelsmford's Twin Town - An Introduction

Chelmsford, Essex,
Online event
Pre-booking not required

Backnang is Chelmsford's twin town in Germany

Beeleigh Water and Steam Mill

Abbey Turning, Old London Road, Maldon, Essex, CM9 6LL
In person
Pre-booking not required

Beeleigh Water and Steam Flour Mill contains a unique Elephant Boiler, Wentworth Beam Engine and Victorian Milling Hurst.

Cannock Mill

Cannock Mill House, Old Heath Road, Colchester, Essex, CO2 8AA
In person
Pre-booking not required

There has been a mill on this site since the Middle Ages, although the present building was only constructed in 1845. Cannock Mill has three storeys with a hoist loft and is weatherboarded. It is now owned by Cannock Mill Cohousing.

Chelmer Village Before Chelmer Village Part Two

Chelmsford, Essex,
Online event
Pre-booking not required

What was there before Chelmer Village?

Chelmsford Black History Walk

Anne Knight Building, Duke Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1LW
In person
Pre-booking required

Join Winnie for this walk across Chelmsford

Chelmsford City’s Secret Waterways

38 High Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1BE
In person
Pre-booking required

Learn about the waterways of Chelmsford and their history.

Chelmsford High Street History Walk

225-226 Moulsham Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0LR
In person
Pre-booking required

This walk features locations along the High Street between the stone bridge and the Saracen’s Head, covering the stories and times of the people and buildings between 1860 and 1960.

Chelmsford's Blue Plaques

Chelmsford, Essex,
Online event
Pre-booking not required

A film about Chelmsford's Blue Plaques with some of the sites where they are homed.

Chelmsford’s Dark Witch History Walk

Bellmead, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1LE
In person
Pre-booking required

Elly walks around parts of Chelmsford telling us about the witch trials of the past.

Chelsmford History Rock Snake

Boleyn Gardens, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 6EB
In person
Pre-booking not required

Add to Chelmsford History Rock Snake or attend one of two painting sessions.

Colchester Castle Museum

Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ
In person
Pre-booking not required

A much loved museum in the picturesque Castle Park, this is the annual opportunity to explore this fascinating building free of charge.