Friday, 19 December 2014


With it being winter and there not being a lot to do, we found ourselves at our local museum again on Sunday. It is your average city museum - focusing heavily on local history and relying on donations to remain open.

As you walk in, you are bombarded with the image of Marconi, and how the revolution altered Chelmsford from a mere market town (awarded the status in 1199), to a city worthy of being pin-pointed on a map of the British Isles (slight exaggeration but meh).
Now, this does not interest me... although, perhaps it should. We bypassed most of this and entered the medieval section of the museum where images of the now derelict Pleshey Castle and the formidable King John's manor at Writtle dominate the plaques.
According to the information given, Kings Henry III and Edward I stayed at the manor on occasions and this somewhat impressed me as I had thought that Chelmsford would've had little significance in the 13th century.

Pleshey Castle;
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King John's hunting lodge

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The above pictures, are of various jugs and cooking pots that would've been used C. 13th-14th century. It is easy to imagine them being used, I think.

On the upper levels, there are some music and sporting rooms; the boy was mesmerised by Chelmsford City FC memorabilia!

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It was a fairly warm day so I felt a bit silly in gloves, but we had a nice, relaxing look around and it is nice to know that several Kings of England chose to spend their time relaxing close to my home city of Chelmsford :)

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coat - topshop via ebay (£14)
bag - oasis (£28, 7 years ago)
scarf - tesco (gift)
skirt - topshop (£20, 5 years ago)
gloves - primark (£2)

My Edward III post will be coming in the new year :)