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Cartographers John Walker and his son, John Walker

Hannah Salisbury from the Essex Record Office searches through the archives to tell this tale of two men who were almost forgotten to our county’s history, despite making such an incredible record of it

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Five Essex Things with Bob Baggalley

Bob Baggalley is chief executive of the Colchester Business Enterprise Agency (Colbea), where he has worked since 1999, overseeing achievements including the design and construction of two purpose-built new business centres in Colchester, along with an ever-evolving range of business advice and support services. Since moving to the area 28 years ago, Bob and his wife Val have lived in Thorpe le Soken.

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Epping: quintessentially English

Our market towns are one of the unique factors that make our country what it is. Petra Hornsby discovers how, despite its proximity to the capital, Epping retains that market town charm

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First in the queue

Nobody knew better than John and Rosemary Talbot that you needed to move quickly to get the house of your dreams in Coggeshall, so they had been watching Cromwell Lodge for years before they finally moved in

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The Producers … Fuud Catering, Leigh on Sea

TO say Richard James has his fingers in many pies would be no exaggeration. As a trained chef, Richard, who owns his own outside catering business after training in London, has worked for many years in restaurants in Southend. He was great friends with the former owner of the Pipe of Port restaurant in Southend and when he heard they were giving up their purpose-built kitchen they owned for making their well-known pies, Richard jumped at the chance to take it over.

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See summer differently

2014 sees the county’s sixth Summer of Art, showcasing artists from across Essex and beyond through a series of exhibitions up and down the county — and in some very surprising places too. Over the past five years, a staggering 1,700 artists have had the opportunity to exhibit in art trails across Essex. In 2014, there is once again an exciting programme of exhibitions, workshops and activities, offering something for all the family. Why not be inspired and awaken your creative mind this summer? Here is just a flavour of what you can expect to see…

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Picking blackberries

The best time for blackberries

August and September is the time for picking delicious blackberriesthe RSPB tells us why

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The Waverny River Centre

A nature adventure

Get back to basics, or not so basic, with a family break on the Norfolk Broads which caters for both hardcore campers or high-brow glampers. Nick Roberts visits the Waveney River Centre

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Win a four-night stay for four in a luxury lodge

Essex Life has joined forces with Wakes Hall Lodges at Wakes Colne near Colchester to offer one lucky reader a fabulous opportunity to enjoy a four-night stay in a two-bedroom luxury lodge for up to four people.

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A class act

As the slightly eccentric deputy head of a Harlow comprehensive in Educating Essex, Stephen Drew became something of a celebrity. He has now set himself the aim of transforming Brentwood County High, where he is now head, into an ‘Outstanding’ school. Pat Parker asked him how he plans to do it

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Dining out at… Intimo fresco, Maldon

WITH an impressive frontage right in the heart of the town centre of Maldon, Intimo Fresco also has a stylish interior which doesn’t let the side down, with large swirling red and black florals, dark wood furniture and leather chairs. On the lunchtime I visited the sunshine was out and so I chose to walk through to an enclosed courtyard at the back of the building to dine. With a decking floor and parasol tables, it was quite a suntrap and perfect for enjoying some authentic Italian cuisine. As I sipped my Salento Bianco from the Puglia region of Italy, I checked out the lunch menu — a very reasonable £12.95 for two courses. Five different starters including a delicious-sounding mozzarella in carrozza, fried and sliced bread, stuffed with buffalo mozzarella, anchovies and basil then topped with wild rocket salad and Parmesan. Deciding that might be a bit heavy for me, I opted instead for the melanzana Parmiggiana, which is sliced aubergine oven-baked with tomato, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. It arrived bubbling hot and the garlicky aroma made my mouth water instantly. There was so much intensity from such simple ingredients, which is what I love about good Italian cuisine.

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Building for the future in Colchester

In the first of a series of features looking at the redevelopment of some of the county’s major towns and cities, Essex Life looks at the changing face of Colchester and how it will be shaped during the next decade

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Perfect Eyeliner by Holly Bridges at Scarlett and Stone

Step by step... Perfect Eyeliner

Holly Bridges of Scarlett and Stone in Dunmow guides us through how to achieve perfectly lined eyes

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Be Inspired... Heavenly soft furnishings

Furnishings may be a final touch, but they can be a crucial element to a room, providing comfort and

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Chef Makrum Ali Kazim outside The Roslin Beach Hotel

Here’s cooking with you… Makrum Ali Kazim at The Roslin Beach Hotel

Makrum Ali Kazim describes how he sees stars when dreaming of his ultimate goal, the joys of cooking for local sporting royalty and the day he put sugar into the wrong sort of cake! Words by Stephanie Mackentyre

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The Treatment Rooms, Maison Talbooth

Step back, relax and indulge

Sometimes the school ‘holidays’ can actually be our most stressful time as it becomes more difficult to balance the demands of home life and work life. So why not take some time out just for you and re-charge the batteries?

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Red Kangaroo. Image provided with kind permission of Tourism Western Australia.

Perth Perfection

Exploring far-flung destinations to delight, Rebecca Underwood offers an insight into why Perth is a perfect stop off as part of any Australian expedition

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Naturals Elemis No Line

Beauty Review

Holly Eells visits Naturals Health and Beauty in Great Dunmow to experience a life-refreshing facial.

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Charfleet Farm, c.1930

Island of dreams

Living with the seais at the heart of Canvey Island’s heritage and this historic connection to the sea has certainly left its mark on the island in more ways than one, as Petra Hornsby discovers

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