The Origins of Essex as a Diocese and Chelmsford as its Cathedral... a talk by Tony Tuckwell

Wednesday 02 March 2016
20:00 to 22:00


Essex... a Diocese? Chelmsford... a Cathedral?


After writing acclaimed books on the histories of King Edward VI Grammar School and Boreham’s New Hall School, Tony Tuckwell, former Head of the Grammar School, was approached by the Dean of Chelmsford Cathedral to write an account of this revered establishment’s history. Tony described this task as ‘a fascinating journey which I have enjoyed hugely’, and anyone who has read the resulting book ‘Coming of Age – The Life and Times of Chelmsford Cathedral 1914-2014’ cannot fail to have seen this enjoyment shine through its 400 pages and to have been impressed by the scholarly yet thoroughly entertaining work he has produced.  


South Woodham Ferrers Local History Society is delighted that Tony is making a return visit to the Society when he will be giving a talk The Origins of Essex as a Diocese and Chelmsford as its Cathedral. It promises to be an engaging evening and anyone who might be tempted to be put off by its ecclesiastical bias might care to note the words of the Dean in the foreword of the ‘Coming of Age’ book : ‘Tony never loses the plot, he always sees the bigger picture, and has a journalist’s eye for a good story and a roguish character. It is a story about our time.. about politics and social attitudes... it is a brilliant read’.


The Local History Society’s experience is that Tony talks just as well as he writes... an evening not to be missed!


Details of the meeting (Date, Time and Location) is stated below. Visitors are welcome (admission £3) and no booking is necessary. Alternatively you may join the Society on the evening at the reduced (half-year) rate of £6 which gives admission to all the Society’s monthly meetings until May.

Contact John Frankland
01245 321518
Champions Manor Hall Community Centre
Hullbridge Road
South Wooodham Ferrers
(view map)
Cost Free for members of Society, Visitors welcome entry fee £3.