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Chelmsford Museum

Woooop, two blog posts in a week, i'm on a role!

My local museum, changes around its exhibits a lot. The last time the boy and I visited, was when the Dukes Nightclub one was running (twas brilliant).
The one we went to see today, was the changing of Chelmsford highstreet from Roman times, to the present day.

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It was interesting to see how little the actual layout has changed (from around the Georgian era). The shire hall which was built in 1791, is still here today (although rather dilapidated) and served as the county court until 2012.
The old county gaol is now a hairdressers, the old Inn "The Black Boy" is now a Next and until the late 20th century, it wasn't even pedestrianised!

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What I found most interesting, was when King Henry VIII was desperately trying to get an annulment from the Pope from his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, he separated Catherine from their daughter Mary, and apparently Mary spent much of her time in Chelmsford.
Also, a lady named Agnes Waterhouse, was from Chelmsford and she was the first woman to be executed for Witchcraft in England (1566 - before Mr Hopkin's time ;)).

All in all, it was a very enjoyable visit and I think when i next walk down the highstreet to work, i'll take my time and think about what it looked like to people 20, 50, 100, even 200 years ago :)

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