History of Loughton
High Road, Loughton, c.1955
Reproduced courtesy of The Francis Frith Collection.
History of Loughton >> Loughton Snippets
When researching for this website we often find a little snippet of information on a location or subject which may be of interest. Some are quirky, some show that there is nothing new in this world, and some about the attitudes and morals of the time. [index to snippets] Here is one for Loughton about road rage.
Times Oct 11 1804
A very shocking accident took place a short time ago:- A Mr. Mellish was driving to Newmarket his coach and four, he came up with a higgler*, driving a chaise-cart, near Loughton, in Essex. The man was obstiuate, and would not suffer for Mr. Mellish to pass him; and, on driving his cart across the road to prevent him, forced a heifer that was on the road to run between the coach-horses, and threw all the four animals down.
On Mr. Mellish pursuing his journey, he overtook the man about half a mile further on the road, he evinced the same obstinacy as before, in driving across the road at a very fast rate; the wheel of the chaise caught a post, and threw the driver out of the cart. Mr. Mellish sent for a surgeon, and desired that the man be taken care of, but he died the next day.
*Higgler: An itinerant dealer
[End of article]
Newspapers could provide a wealth of information about your ancestors or where they lived. See our article on exploring newspaper archives.
Back to History of Loughton
Find your Essex Ancestors in the Parish Registers
The Essex Record Office 'ERO' are custodians of the parish registers of Essex. Ancestry.co.uk have now transcribed the entire collection of Essex parish registers. Search now on Ancestry for your Essex ancestors. Then on the results page click on ‘request image’ and you will be taken to the ERO website where you can purchase an image of the relevant page.
Visit our Parish Registers of Essex page for more information.
Find your Ancestors in the Newspapers
Newspaper archives are now a very important source of information for researching your family tree.
Try our example search to help you discover if your ancestors are in the British Newspaper Archive.
Loughton - Cary's New and Correct English Atlas, 1798
Loughton - First Series Ordnance Survey Map 1805
This work is based on data provided through www.VisionofBritain.org.uk and uses historical material which is copyright of the Great Britain Historical GIS Project and the University of Portsmouth. Licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence BY-SA-4.0
Looking for pictures to add to your family tree album?
Ebay is a good source of old images of Essex towns and villages. If you're looking for pictures to add to your family tree album, then try one of the auctions, or there are several 'Buy It Now' shops offering postcards which have been touched up and improved - so if you're unsure about bidding, try these.
Link below already formatted for Essex and Postcards.