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  • Richard Madeley (1956 - d.)
  • Russell Edward Brand
    He is an English comedian, actor, columnist, author and presenter of radio and television. Brand achieved fame in the UK for presenting a Big Brother spin-off, Big Brother's Big Mouth, and for his ra...
  • Dermot O'Leary
    Seán Dermot Fintan O'Leary, Jr. (born 24 May 1973), better known as Dermot O'Leary, is a British-Irish television and radio presenter, best known for his current television and radio work with I...
  • John Locke, Philosopher (1632 - 1704)
    John Locke (1632-1703), son of John Locke, of Pensford, and Ann Agnes (or Agnes Ann) Keene (1597-1654) Father of liberal philosophy. His ideas would also be used as a keystone for the revolutio...
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844 - 1889)
    Poet. His most famous works include "The wreck of the Deutschland", "God's Grandeur", and "The Windhover". His poems were virtually unknown until they were published.long after his death by the poet Ro...

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  • John Constable (1776-1837) born East Bergholt, Essex English painter
  • Sir Nicholas Conyngham Tindal (born 1776) - Judge, lawyer, and for seventeen years, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas. Responsible for the introduction of the special verdict, "Not Guilty by reason of insanity", into English Law.




  • In 1566, the first witch trial in a secular court in England was held in Chelmsford. The first of the witches to be tried was Elizabeth Frances, who confessed to using a cat called Sathan to harm a number of people. The cat was given to Agnes Waterhouse, who was found guilty and hung, but Elizabeth Frances was only sentenced to a year in prison. In 1579, the unfortunate Elizabeth Frances appeared in the Second Chelmsford Witch Trial, where along with several other women, she was found guilty and hung.






  • George Clift King (born 1848) - Former Mayor of Calgary, Alberta, Canada and often known as Calgary's first citizen.
  • Anne Knight (born 1786) - Quaker. Pioneer of feminism & anti -slavery campaigner.



  • Guglielmo Marconi (Italian pronunciation: [1874 – 20 July 1937) was an Italian inventor, known as the father of long distance radio transmission[1] and for his development of Marconi's law and a radio telegraph system.








  • Dick Turpin - (1705-1739) probably born at the Bluebell Inn in Hempstead, Essex, on September 21 1705. His entrance to crime was via his father, a publican who bought stock from smugglers.




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