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Video: You say Austin, I say Alston – Essex and Suffolk accents

An interesting note from 1745 in West Bergholt‘s parish register shows us that the vicar got muddled up with some of his parishioners’ surnames. Understanding the accent of your ancestor’s region can be really helpful if you want to trace them back further. In this video I talk about certain features of the accent(s) found in the north of Essex and the south of Suffolk, delivered in my authentic north-east Essex twang.

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Video: The Secret of the Edwardian Brooch

This might look like a fairly ordinary photograph brooch, but it has a secret….

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