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John Ray

John Ray, 1627-1705

Recognised internationally for his inspirational work, John Ray is known as the father of English natural history. With the help of the Essex Record Office archives, Essex Life shares an insight into his remarkable life and career

Words by Hannah Salisbury and Allyson Lewis

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EXG MAR 15 FIVE THINGS

5 Favourite Essex Things with Charlotte Nial

Charlotte Nial is the owner and director of Cranwell House Skin Clinic & Medispa in Ingatestone. Here she shares with Essex Life five of her favourite things about the county

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EXG MAR 15 recipe Star

Venison bourguignon with parsley mash

Chef Patrick Livic was brought up just 25 miles from the centre of Paris, in Meaux. 12 years ago he brought his culinary skills to the UK to learn English and just six months ago he moved to The Star Restaurant as head chef and now lives in Thaxted. ‘It’s a nice place to live,’ says Patrick. ‘It’s been tough starting a new restaurant, but fun too. Not all our dishes are French and I’d like to think we offer more Continental cuisine as there are also some English classics on the menu too.’

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EXG MAR 15 Brentwood

Brewed in Brentwood

A pint of beer is very much an English institution, but one Essex town has a particularly strong affinity with the nation’s favourite alcoholic drink. Petra Hornsby explores Brentwood’s special relationship with beer

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Havergate Hare

Let’s hear it for hares

Andrew Fallan shares his expertise in Essex wildlife with us, revealing top locations to find special species as well as unsusual animals you can discover in your own back garden

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Boat wreckage on Wallasea Island by Andy Hay rspbimages

Work nears completion at Wallasea Island

This summer will see the culmination of many years of planning and hard work with the launch of Allfleets Marsh on Wallasea Island. Liela Balin reveals what the RSPB has been up to there

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We Love Stoves

Top Trends for March

Spring is just round the corner, so it is a perfect time to be out with the old and in with the new when it comes to stylish home interiors. Sarah Hammill meets three local experts with helpful advice that will make your home blossom

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The Hive Gallery

Hive of activity

Throughout March, Chelmsford Museum is hosting one of this year’s most exciting art collections. Co-curator Karen Jones tells Caroline Foster about the exhibition and its artists

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John Ray

The life and times of John Ray, 1627-1705

Recognised internationally for his inspirational work, John Ray is known as the father of English natural history. With the help of the Essex Record Office archives, Essex Life shares an insight into his remarkable life and career

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Take a stroll around Stock

Take a stroll around Stock

Enjoy this well-walked trail around the popular village of Stock, perfect for a winter walk

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Maison Talbooth

Win a spa break at Maison Talbooth

Essex Life has joined forces with the Milsom Hotels and Restaurants Group to offer Essex Life readers the chance to win an overnight spa break for two at Maison Talbooth

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Snowdrops at Hedingham Castle

White gold

After the cold winter months, the site of snowdrops blooming in February means that spring is not far away. Philippa Pearson looks at their history and shares the best places in Essex to see them

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Red fox

Painting the town red

Andrew fallan shares his expertise in essex wildlife with us, revealing top locations to find some special species as well as the unusual animals you can discover in your own back garden

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Why not enjoy a relaxing spa day ahead of your big day?

Spa day before the big day?

One Skin in Riverdell Village in Maldon is a beautiful spa and the perfect place to make final preparations before the big day.

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Sage and onion stuffed chicken breast with sweet potato rosti and mushroom white wine cream

Sage and onion stuffed chicken breast with sweet potato rosti and mushroom white wine cream

Ben Pearce is head chef and runs The Bull Blackmore End with his wife, Donna. ‘It was closed for three years and almost turned into a residential development, but we reopened in November 2013 and we love it here,’ says Ben. ‘It’s a classic old village pub with an open fire and some modern touches. We try to hit a balance between pub and restaurant.’ Here Ben shares his recipe for stuffed chicken breast.

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Peppa Pig

Peppa Pig is heading to Romford!

This February half term, enjoy a free family day of Peppa Pig fun, as your little ones’ favourite pig will be bringing her muddy boots to The Brewery on Saturday, February 14.

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EXG MAR 15 David Gandy

The ultimate swoon

Billericay boy David Gandy has danced with Jennifer Lopez, stolen food from the plate of supermodel Natalia Vodianova, garnered millions of adoring fans around the globe and will be swapping Valentine’s Day cards with sexy Saturdays singer Mollie King. But it wasn’t always thus for the 34-year-old, explains Tim Aldred

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EXG FEB 15 TTK

Caught in The Moat

Martin and Sue Brown have enjoyed 26 happy years in their Gestingthorpe home, prompting them to feel like they really landed on their feet when they arrived at The Moat. Pat Bramley tells their story

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EXG FEB 15 COLCHESTER

Cultural Colchester

Colchester is most famously known as the oldest recorded town in England, but those local to it recognise it as a modern town too — a good place to shop, to eat and to enjoy yourself. Colchester is also thriving culturally with three museums, a visual arts centre, a performing arts centre, an art gallery and a very popular theatre. Petra Hornsby takes a look at what some of these venues have to offer

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EXG FEB 15 CASTLES

Our county’s castles

The county of Essex has always been a location of strategic importance in English history, and this significance is highlighted today by the number of castles that still adorn the landscape. Stephen Roberts tells their stories

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