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From: "jackycooper.clav78" <>
Subject: [Ess] Fw: Essex Countryside
Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 10:34:11 +0100
> It has slightly changed its name but this magazine still exists, as do one
> or two others with similar names. If you are a historian, however, I
> wouldn't bother buying them for that reason - it is a glossy county
> magazine full of food, fashion, travel etc and a few sort-of history
> articles on places with colour pictures - the photography is superb of
> course - so it works as entertainment, which I suppose is the only way to
> make it viable since people do not buy county history magazines in
> sufficient numbers to enable them to pay their way, let alone make a
> profit. The Essex Journal, successor to the Essex Review, which is purely
> history is having problems through the cost of printing, distribution etc
> being out of balance with the readership, i.e. it makes a loss.
> If you want an Essex magazine entirely devoted to history, therefore, you
> would do better to subscribe to Essex Journal (published by the Essex
> Congress of Historical & Archaeological Societies) or one of the regional
> Essex magazines such as Saffron Walden Historical Journal which covers NW
> Essex - there are others in other parts of the county. I would also
> recommend a weighty tome called Essex Archaeology & History which comes
> out once a year and is packed with all the latest in archaeology on the
> county, but also a lot of very good history articles - this is not on
> general sale and is only available to those who subscribe to the Essex
> Society for Archaeology & History. But it is a superb volume every year -
> can be read in libraries of course.
> You could also look on Ebay and see if anyone is selling off old issues of
> the Essex Countryside of the 1950s-70s, but you won't find mine there - I
> like them too much to throw them out. Like many people, we still have
> bundles of these in the loft, unable to throw them away as they remain a
> good read decades later. The photography of those days was less sharp, but
> it had a sort of diffuse glow about it. The articles were easy to read and
> mostly well researched. The magazine was full of letters because it
> stimulated its readers and they responded with more information. It was a
> quaint old thing but a joy to read, and so was its companion,
> Hertfordshire Countryside.
> Bring back the old Essex Countryside magazine, I say!
> Jacqueline Cooper
> Editor, Saffron Walden Historical Journal
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Gill"
> Can anyone tell me whether the Essex Countryside magazine is still in
> existence, please?